Johnny Manziel: ‘I’m not going to change for anybody’


(Adam Hunger / USA Today)

Johnny Manziel has had a productive five weeks, getting drafted by the Cleveland Browns signing his first pro contract and spraying champagne in Vegas and drinking champagne on an inflatable swan and doing the money phone.

On Friday at the NFL Rookie Symposium in Berea, Ohio, Manziel defended his lifestyle, telling Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, “I don’t think I’m doing anything wrong.”

“I’m not going to change for anybody,” he said. “I’m going to enjoy my time off.”

As for the money phone video, he said, ”I’m not going to address something that’s in the past.”

He said his teammates are “tired of the hype” and tired of being asked about Manziel’s partying. “I’m low man on the totem pole,” he said.

He said he respects the opinion of Hall of Famers such as Emmitt Smith and Joe Montana who have questioned his lifestyle, but also stressed that he’s not going change because he’s got it under control.

He said what we’re seeing on Twitter and Instagram is what he does two days out of seven.

The other five, he’s totally committed to being the best quarterback he can be.

After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.

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