Last week, Johnny Manziel’s father said the his son is a “druggie” and “needs help.” How did the ex-Browns’ quarterback respond? By partying in a Mexican resort town and taunting his dad on social media.
Manziel also added several hashtags, including this one: “#hiDad.”
Paul Manziel told ESPN’s Josina Anderson on Friday, “He’s a druggie. It’s not a secret that he’s a druggie. I don’t know what to say other than my son is a druggie and he needs help. He just hasn’t [sought] it yet. Hopefully he doesn’t die before he comes to his senses.”
“He has more money than me, so he can outrun me,” Manziel’s father added. “Like I said, there are two things that are going to happen: He’s either going to die, or he’s going to figure out that he needs help. It’s one of the two. But we’ve done everything that we can do. … I mean, I hate to say it, but I hope he goes to jail. I mean, that would be the best place for him.”
As if to indicate how far he could outrun his parents, Manziel jetted off to Mexico and shared some posts of his activities there. Actually, it was fairly tame stuff, including Manziel hitting a tricky basketball shot while wearing an Odell Beckham Jr. shirt and showing off his ocean view. However, it was enough to confirm that he’s not the least bit concerned about his parents’ worries, and that — despite the “comeback’ talk — he’s literally getting further and further away from any hope of a return to the NFL.
Ironically, prior to the Instagram posts from Mexico, Manziel used the social-media platform to pay Father’s Day tribute to his dad. “No matter how many times I’m a hard headed a-hole you’ve done everything in the world for me,” Manziel wrote. “Love you more than you’ll ever know pops.”
It is conceivable that Manziel is so disconnected from reality that he doesn’t even know what his father said about him to ESPN. But it’s far more likely that the former Heisman Trophy winner was using Instagram to thumb his nose at his parents.
At least Manziel showed more consideration for Gordon, who is currently indefinitely suspended by the NFL, having been denied reinstatement in April. Gordon’s continued association with Manziel can’t be helping his efforts to get back in the league, and with that in mind, the latter offered another hashtag from Cabo: “#JoshAintHere.”