Johnny Manziel Slapped With 4-Game Ban For 2016
Johnny Manziel may not play in the NFL in 2016. If he does, however, he won’t be playing a full 16-game schedule.
Manziel claimed recently that he’d be on the way to being “completely sober” by July 1st, and that an NFL comeback could come soon after. The league had been suggesting it’d take a role in aiding Manziel’s ability to stop his partying ways, and seems to have intervened by handing him a suspension for his wild partying.
BREAKING: Johnny Manziel will reportedly be suspended first 4 games for violating NFL’s substance abuse policy pic.twitter.com/n66gBpdsGn
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 30, 2016
It’s tough to pinpoint precisely what the NFL is suspending Manziel for, but he’s had a litany of run ins with the media – specifically TMZ – and there are numerous allegations – from even his own father – that Manziel is a “druggie”.
Per reports, Manziel has at least been vaguely affiliated with cocaine use and recently purchased upwards of $1,000 in drug paraphernalia.
More to Come?
The toughest part about this suspension is that it’s potentially just the beginning of league bans for Manziel. The beleaguered quarterback is still dealing with a pending assault case, one in which very well may render another NFL ban even if he’s acquitted.
That case doesn’t have a clear end date, but once there is official word on which way it goes for Manziel, the NFL is sure to act on a suspension due to their growing concerns over domestic violence issues.
Johnny Manziel thinks he’s playing football in 2016, but it’s looking less and less realistic. Even if a team was foolish enough to believe he’s turning a new leaf, they’d have to look past his history, his work ethic, his new four-game ban and the likelihood of a second suspension looming.
In fact, given Manziel’s off field antics both with substance abuse and domestic violence, it’s not crazy to think the NFL bans him for a year or longer. Even without a full year ban, Manziel could find it extremely tough to find work ever again in the league – let alone as soon as this season.
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