“What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” That phrase has been uttered countless times to make tourists and gamblers feel better about last night’s decisions in Sin City. It is also the motto of the Cleveland Browns right now.
Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel spent Memorial Day weekend by the pool and at a UFC fight with fellow NFL player Rob Gronkowski and a plethora of others in what looked like an action-packed weekend. Instagram and every other form of social media exploded with news of the former Texas A&M star’s trip.
The media used this information as the latest excuse to question Manziel’s work ethic and commitment to the Browns. The country has become accustomed to the flair of Johnny Football and his every move is watched.
Manziel defended his trip, saying “I’m going to live my life to the fullest and continue to be committed to this game and continue to be committed to what I’m doing here.” (Via ESPN)
What many people seem to forget is that Manziel has every right to fly to Vegas. He broke no laws. He broke no team rules. He did not represent the Browns in a negative light.
Johnny Manziel seems like a saint compared to some other players. The amount of players that get arrested for drunk driving and drugs during the offseason is sickening. Manziel’s only crime was having fun.
The media may deem Manziel’s trip a distraction, but the Browns are playing it cool. Coach Mike Pettine is not worried in the least. He said the trip was a “non-issue”.
Pettine has done a phenomenal job of making sure that “Johnny Football” doesn’t replace Manziel in the eyes of the organization and players. The coach, in his first year at the Browns’ helm, has been heavily criticized for limiting media access to rookie camp and accused of restraining Manziel’s true nature, but he’s simply made sure that everyone is focused on football.
The social media world may consider Manziel to be a huge celebrity, but the Browns drafted him as a football player. He is an employee of the Browns organization, and their only concern is winning football games.
The Browns are going to help Manziel do that to the best of their ability, and the rest does not concern them. As long as he works hard and does not end up on the front page for being arrested or going to the hospital, the Browns will let him do his own thing.
Manziel was back to work for OTA’s this week and had clearly not been distracted by his weekend. So don’t forget, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas- Johnny Football hasn’t.