Not that long ago, Browns fans a glimmer of optimism as the passing game seemed to be headed in the right direction with the drafting of Johnny Manziel and the emergence of Josh Gordon. But like anything in Cleveland, it was more of a mirage as both players have seemingly thrown it all away as they were involved in another incident this weekend.
Manziel was reportedly a passenger in a car that allegedly hit a pole before fleeing the scene in Hollywood. Shortly after the crash, Josh Gordon, reportedly to be Manziel’s new partner in crime came and rescued Manziel from the scene.
According to TMZ Sports, the crash took place on the Sunset Strip around 10:45 pm on Saturday night and Manziel has been interviewed by the Los Angeles Police Department about the incident since.
It’s been reported that cops believe Manziel was the passenger and his friend Ryan Silverstein was the driver. The pair allegedly fled the scene on foot and were picked up by Gordon afterwards. The investigation has reportedly come to the conclusion that Silverstein and Manziel went back to the scene later on and witnesses identified Silverstein as the driver at that point.
TMZ has reported its sources told them Manziel and Gordon aren’t being accused of anything, but Silverstein could be investigated for a possible misdemeanor hit-and-run.
Manziel has drawn significant attention for his off the field issues since he was at Texas A&M in 2012. He was arrested in 2012 for three misdemeanors, in 2013 Manziel left the Manning Passing Academy early, and in 2015 he went into rehab. The Browns released the quarterback on March 11, 2016.
Brown was suspended for the first two games of the 2013 season due to violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. In August of 2014, Gordon admitted to being suspended for one year for violating the same policy, but his suspension was later reduced to 10 games. In December of that year, Brown was suspended from the final game of the 2014 season for violating team rules. The wideout was suspended for another year in January of 2015 for alcohol use. Finally in March of 2016, Gordon failed a drug test.
“I’m living out here with my guy, Von Miller. Everybody knows Von Miller. Super Bowl MVP, Von Miller, my brother. I’m living with him right now,” Manziel said. “We’re getting our lives together bro.”
Miller recently said he’d love to have Manziel on the Broncos, but he also tweeted after Manziel spoke with TMZ that the two aren’t living together.
Lol, you guys are HILARIOUS!!! Haha, I love it. Johnny's not staying with me but he is my… https://t.co/fuFblxXKbw
— Von Miller (@Millerlite40) April 11, 2016
ESPN also reported its sources told them Manziel was actually living with Gordon. The quarterback quickly posted on Instagram an apology to Miller.
One things for sure, whatever the real story is with the crash and the housing, Manziel and Gordon should probably get their story straight and even more so their off field behavior.