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Manziel Showed Up Drunk at Practice, Did the Browns Lie About It?

From all accounts, the Browns in the final day of the coaching regime of Mike Pettine and company was a complete mess, as there’s a groundbreaking story today that quarterback Johnny Manziel showed up at practice drunk, and the coaching staff covered it up.

The story was broken by Mike Silver of NFL.com and NFL Network, who said he spoke to a Browns player who came forth with the news.

“Johnny Manziel, going into what would have been a start late in the season, showed up drunk at practice on a Wednesday. The Browns lied and said he was in the concussion protocol. Let me repeat that: The Browns lied, to try to protect, and I would argue enable, this irresponsible and very troubled young man,” Silver said.

The game he was talking about was the finale against the Steelers, and that situation as everyone knows went spiraling when Manziel, instead of being in Berea for treatment on Sunday, spent Saturday night in Las Vegas and was not at the final game of the season.

What a complete mess.

A story was broken January 4th about Manziel showing up drunk for practice, and the words of Silver seemed to echo the issues with the soon to be released Browns QB.

Even before the finale, John Clayton of ESPN stated that Manziel was done in Cleveland, and who knows what inside info he knew about the situation at the time.

There’s also a question if the NFL is going to have something to say about the Browns covering up the situation, and if the team will face any issues for lying about the concussion situation.

As far as the Browns are concerned, they say they lied about nothing when it comes to Manziel.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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