Tragic Details About The Man Once Known As Johnny ‘Football’

Tragic Details About The Man Once Known As Johnny ‘Football’


Johnny Manziel was poised to become one of
the greatest quarterbacks in football history when he was drafted by the Cleveland Browns
in 2014. But soon enough, he became another disgraced
sports star instead. Let’s take a look at his tragic downfall. Before he played his first NFL game, Manziel
was living the good life. Thanks to his family’s riches, which were
acquired in the Texas oil industry, he wasn’t broke and feasting on ramen noodles like other
college kids. Instead, he had more than enough money to
party, travel, and hobnob with celebrities. That said, when the headlines favored his
bad behavior over his on-field exploits, it made many people question if he had the drive
and focus to become an NFL superstar. In 2012, Manziel was arrested after being
involved in a fight during his freshman year at Texas A&M. He spent the night in jail after being charged
with disorderly conduct, failure to identify, and possession of a false identification card. Despite his arrest and ever-growing reputation
for being a misfit, he was chosen to be a counselor at the 2013 Manning Passing Academy,
a four-day football camp hosted by the Manning football family. But the move didn’t exactly work out for him. There were rumors that he had overslept and
skipped out on coaches’ meetings. His parents even called in sick for him at
one point, citing dehydration. Eventually, he and the camp’s officials mutually
decided that he would leave a day early. Suspicions that Manziel was on a self-destructive
path of hard partying and drug and alcohol abuse were all but confirmed in 2014 during
Fourth of July weekend. NBC Sports posted a photo of the quarterback
inside a Las Vegas hotel bathroom with a rolled-up $20 bill in his hand. Many speculated that the money was to be used
for snorting cocaine or another illegal substance. Over the years, there have been many photographs
of Manziel partying like his life depended on it, including one in which he chugged a
bottle of alcohol in a swimming pool. But over time, it soon appeared that he wasn’t
just a social drinker who was cutting loose and letting off some steam. Instead, he seemed to be fighting a battle
that was much stronger than himself. In January 2016, it was reported that Manziel
had shown up to a Browns’ practice completely wasted after returning from another trip to
Las Vegas. He entered the Browns’ facility looking disheveled
and inebriated. It wasn’t a good look for him at all, and
that wasn’t the end of his troubles. “And maybe he needs to get some sort of moral
upgrade.” In November 2014, Manziel was among 20 men
and two security guards who were involved in a late-night brawl at a ritzy downtown
Cleveland hotel. The alleged victim, Chris Gonos, said that
he approached Manziel and professed his love for the quarterback. When he stepped towards Manziel, a member
of Manziel’s crew allegedly attacked him, leaving the victim with a bruised hip and
a bruised elbow. Manziel shared his side of the story with
Cleveland.com. “This was a very intoxicated, very aggressive
person that approached me in the lobby.” This wasn’t Manziel’s only run-in with the
law. There was also the two-day party he threw
at a Los Angeles rental home in April 2016. The rager was so disruptive that comedian
Kathy Griffin, who had a home in the area, and other neighbors made calls to the cops. Once Manziel and his crew left the $4.5 million
pad, the owners reportedly found the place in shambles. They estimated $32,000 worth of damage and
reported booze and drugs strewn around, a glass table and a bathroom door that had been
broken, and wine stains and cigarette burns left on the carpets. Manziel was hit with a lawsuit for the damages. After all the speculation about his drug and
alcohol addictions, Manziel took a step in the right direction by admitting himself into
rehab in February 2015. His family adviser Brad Beckworth released
a statement that read, “Johnny knows there are areas in which he
needs to improve in order to be a better family member, friend and teammate and he thought
the offseason was the right time to take this step.” In April of that year, Manziel completed his
ten-week treatment and released a statement through the Cleveland Browns’ official website. He thanked the doctors and staff members for
being “amazing,” and he also apologized to the Browns organization and the fans for letting
them down. As he put it, “I take full responsibility for my actions
and it’s my intention to work very hard to regain everyone’s trust and respect. I understand that will take time and will
only happen through what I do and not what I say.” Unfortunately, it didn’t take long for more
issues to emerge. In January 2016, Manziel was involved in a
terrifying incident with his then-girlfriend Colleen Crowley. While staying in a hotel room in Dallas, the
couple allegedly argued over Manziel maintaining contact with another girl. When Crowley tried to leave the room, Manziel
reportedly restrained her before leading her back to the valet area of the hotel. Although Crowley pleaded with the valet attendant
to not allow Manziel to leave with her, the attendant reportedly told her, quote, “I don’t
know what to do.” Manziel and Crowley then entered his car and
drove off, but when he stopped about a half-mile from where her vehicle was parked, Crowley
reportedly jumped out of Manziel’s car and attempted to hide. She reportedly told police that he grabbed
her by the hair and threw her back into the car and got back in himself. Then he hit her with his hand on her left
ear for jumping out of the car. She then wasn’t able to hear out of that ear
and still couldn’t two days later. Manziel then reportedly drove to Crowley’s
apartment, and during the drive, threatened her by saying, quote, “Shut up or I’ll kill
us both.” Upon entering her apartment, she grabbed a
knife from the kitchen to defend herself, causing Manziel to flee from the scene. While the charges against him were later dismissed,
he was ordered to refrain from having any contact with Crowley. Manziel’s time on the field wasn’t as frightening
as his personal life, but it was chaotic in its own ways. He was poised to become the Cleveland Browns’
franchise quarterback, but retaining the starting position was no easy task. In May 2015, following his ten-week stint
in rehab, he lost the starting position to Josh McCown. According to then-head coach Mike Pettine,
the team wanted Manziel to focus on his health and perfecting his craft instead of dealing
with the pressures of leading the team on the field. As he told the Chronicle-Telegram, “We want [Manziel], essentially, with horse
blinders on. Focus on his job, getting up every day, perfecting
his craft, whatever it is, homework that the quarterbacks have or come out and working
on his footwork, his releases. That he’s much more concerned about himself
than really anything else.” By November of that year, Manziel was placed
back in the starting position, only to lose it to McCown once again. He was then relegated to the third-string
backup after video surfaced of him partying during the team’s week off. Coach Pettine said at the time, “I’m especially disappointed in his actions
and behavior because he has been working very hard. The improvements from last year to this year
have been tremendous but he still has to consistently demonstrate that he has gained a good understanding
of what it takes to be successful at the quarterback position on this level.” Initially, the world couldn’t wait to see
what Johnny Manziel would bring to the field. But the glimmer of hope that he’d become a
dynamic force quickly dissipated. Sports fans became fed up with his arrogance
and cockiness, especially since they believed his subpar on-field talents didn’t warrant
all of his showboating. When Manziel injured his hamstring during
a game against the Carolina Panthers, the crowd at the Panthers’ stadium actually cheered
in response. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, for his part,
went on the record to say it was “sad” to see the crowd’s response. In April 2014, Manziel soon realized it wasn’t
just NFL fans who were fed up with his antics. While attending college basketball’s Final
Four in Dallas, his face appeared on the jumbotron screen in the arena, and fans booed both him
and his companion, rapper Drake. In January 2015, TMZ reported that partygoers
at a Houston nightclub heckled the quarterback and shouted at him aggressively. Manziel and his crew were even doused with
drinks. Sports fans were letting it be known: Johnny
Manziel was one of the sport world’s most despised athletes. As Manziel’s life continued to snowball out
of control, things came to a head in March 2016 when the Cleveland Browns decided to
waive the quarterback and be done with him once and for all. In his two seasons with the organization,
he played in only 14 games and was the starting QB for only eight of them. Instead of success on the field, his time
in Ohio was marked by injuries and off-field distractions. The move signaled Manziel’s status as a free
agent, meaning any team would be able to sign him to their roster. But with his tarnished reputation, many weren’t
surprised that most teams didn’t want to touch him with a 10-foot pole. Looking back on his time in the league, Manziel
cited his battle with depression and substance abuse for his poor behavior that eventually
cost him his NFL career. In February 2018, the troubled athlete told
Good Morning America, “I was self-medicating with alcohol because
that’s what I thought was making me happy to help me get out of that depression to a
point where I felt like I had some sense of happiness.” Although he was able to refrain from drinking
alcohol for a period of five months, his depression never went away, which caused him to put the
focus on his mental health, which included taking medication for bipolar disorder. As he put it, “I’m working to try and make sure that I don’t
fall back into any type of depression because I know where that leads me.” While Manziel was making some positive changes
in his life, he married model Bre Tiesi at a California courthouse in a private ceremony
in March 2018. But after just one year of marriage, Tiesi
removed the “Manziel” portion of her last name on Instagram and scrubbed her husband
from her social media accounts. She then jetted off to Bali, Indonesia and
posted a bikini-clad photo of herself, leading Internet trolls to come out in full force
and question the state of her marriage. In the comments of the post, she referenced
that vows had been broken. Days later, Manziel broke his silence and
officially announced their split, telling TMZ Sports that he was “very sad” about the
entire situation. According to sources cited by People magazine,
the couple had previously considered separating at one point, but following Tiesi’s trip to
Bali, she had an inkling that Manziel had been cheating. One insider told People, “She somehow found out, and she was irate. I don’t know how she found out, but she did.” A second source revealed, “Johnny wanted to work it out. But she wasn’t having it. So they decided earlier this week that it’s
over. Now they both have to move on.” After becoming a free agent in 2016, Manziel
sobered up, but NFL teams were still cautious about giving him a second chance. His dream of being a star quarterback wasn’t
completely lost, though. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football
League signed him to a two-year deal in May 2018. He was then traded to the Montreal Alouettes
midway through the season only to get dumped by the team and kicked out of the CFL in February
2019, as he had violated the agreement that made him eligible to play in the league. In March 2019, he announced that he’d signed
with the Alliance of American Football as a member of the Memphis Express. However, as with most aspects of Manziel’s
tragic downfall, this deal fell apart when the league ceased operations the following
month. After lying low for a few months, it was revealed
that Manziel was granted a trademark for the word “COMEBACKSZN.” According to a tweet sent out by his lawyer,
the term, which would be used on footwear and apparel, was geared toward anyone who’s
been hurt and down and out. Don’t count “Johnny Football” out just yet! “And I love being out there, like, I’m having
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100 comments on this post

    Nicki Swift

    Do you think Johnny Manziel can turn things around?

    Reply

    Far Out Man

    Johnny Crackhead !

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    Big Bamboo

    Tragic details? LOL.. He's a fk up. Party all the time dumbass.. The title should be The Tragic Details of the Cleveland Browns drafts.

    Reply

    Maximum Effort

    No one who is rich snorts coke with a 20 they use 100 bro

    Reply

    Koala Bear

    Johnny is a pos no surprise things have gone south in football for him he is super entitled

    Reply

    Ron S

    Another thing….how shallow are these hot ass women? Jeez, money cant be that important!!!

    Reply

    SmokePlenny CleVeland Lifer

    I thought he was gonna be our Quarter Back for a while… Sad….

    Reply

    YouTube is ran By Commies

    Wasted talent! Nothing worse than wasted talent!😑He is not a man he is a boy in a mans body!

    Reply

    Mike B

    Turned the video off right when she said Johnny Manziel was poised to become one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history lol

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    Manny Sabir

    Failure to identify?????? Don't know the specifics on his event, but I do know that we are NOT bound by law to carry identification, or even talk to cops as they are all to known to fish for info, which can be used against you in court.

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    DELFIN AMEZQUITA

    Wow what a looser rich kids no morals no values sad to see that but who’s to blames guess who
    THE PARENTS 👎🏾🏈👎🏾

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    Eliseo Garcia

    I always knew he was going to be a bust!

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    Byron Payne

    I blame Cleveland

    Reply

    A.D. T Sr.

    😂😂😂😂😂😂should’ve gone to the bengals 😂😂😂😂😂

    Reply

    Big Gucci Cholo

    He did college right, party’d hard and walked the school like a king

    Reply

    Russell Henry

    For some reason I read: “tragic death” in the headline. I guess it’s all relative..

    Reply

    Born Trill

    Johnny Football is out for the count… XFL: Hold my Beer 🍺

    Reply

    D p

    He was never that good. No one missed a loser!

    Reply

    Don Hopson

    .B.U.S.T.A.

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    Dick B Dragging

    I sold him some fake blow one time in Cleveland he’s pretty stupid and he paid double for it and came without anyone with him.🤦‍♂️

    Reply

    Bill Murray

    Ya bum.

    Reply

    smokemychode

    His would make a fantastic comedy film. A cross between Tommy Boy and East Bound And Down.

    Reply

    Silver Revolution

    So tragic. (or better said the opposite)

    Do the Rodman, Johnny.

    😆

    🤟

    But when it comes to money especially when people THINK somebody has more money than themselves or his dad has money they will cut you to a level where you cannot even work as a street cleaner. (in my case now)

    I ✌️ by God.

    People nowadays are worse scum & backstabbers than in ancient times.

    Reply

    Steve Scanlon

    Sad story. So much talent; and so many personal problems. What shame.

    Reply

    Julian Valenti

    Step 1; admitted that we were powerless over alcohol. 🙏🏻

    Reply

    Fernando Betanzos

    What a waste…..

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    David Lozano

    With that beautiful woman he was married to he was having an affair what an idiot

    Reply

    John Smith

    Shouldn’t be a proud moment for his parents but they are probably just as bad as he is most likely.

    Reply

    downhilltwofour00

    Alcohol and drugs have destroyed so many lives and the people who produce, distribute, and sell them have been able to always blame the victim who has fallen into their web of addiction.

    Reply

    Avery Walker

    I always knew this dude would be a bust. If you actually watch the film, he isn’t very good.

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    Paul Whited

    Only the haslams would think he would be somebody. Come on the dude was never to be a great quarterback in the nfl. Not even a back up. Not even third string. Not even practice squad. He was awakened on the field for sure. Joke!!!

    Reply

    What_is_Truth

    The devil comes to steal, kill, and destroy! Seek Jesus; He is the only way! God bless!

    Reply

    muzikhealzme

    Spoiled brat

    Reply

    Dennis Tyler

    Johnny Foosball a better name…talk about a wasted opportunity.

    Reply

    Hunter Sykes

    Cocaine is a hellva drug "

    Reply

    Joshua Vega

    Stupid Rich kid

    Reply

    Bender2497

    Wow. Married to a hottie and he ruined it. Great job Johnny football. He's no Tebow.

    Reply

    Jeremiah & Leslea Wilder

    A total joke

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    Eric Mangum

    What a wasted talent….
    I am a diehard Alabama fan, and even after he beat us, I rooted for this kid….he has/had a God given talent, he could/could've been better than brady, manning, anyone….
    But he pissed it away….poor little rich boy….
    What a shame.

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    Jim Beam

    Nothing tragic about this story. Dude played football at the highest levels, won the highest awards, and partied with celebrities and beautiful women.

    Reply

    Nate Barnett

    He’s out of control needs help

    Reply

    Chris Gamble

    Johnny was having fun in the Hamilton bars that’s why his wife left him😉

    Reply

    douchetube onyoutube

    Where his buddy drake he was acting like this douche was better than famous j Winston

    Reply

    JOHN RMIREZ

    WHAT A TOTAL LOSER

    Reply

    NN

    Good ol johnny football man…

    Reply

    JenGirl Ride along

    Little rich boy thought he could pay his way out of any situation…….. back fired big time 😂
    This is what immaturity looks like.

    Reply

    Richard Tuck

    Tragic, is this tragic? Obviously not.. Shit channel

    Reply

    G ford

    Its bad when the browns cut you

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    Anthony

    Poised to be one of the greatest football players ever? Ok.

    Reply

    schef61

    Johnny Moron

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    Chris Bickford

    ebola is a tragedy….being born into poverty is a tragedy….this is a spoiled POS, not a tragedy

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    Fi fo

    He did it to himself end of story

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    Dr Cro

    I've said it from the beginning. There's hundreds of high school QB in Texas that is better than Manziel. I don't feel sorry for him.

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    Lucious Mani

    SMH. . .raised by a silver spoon . . .literally handed life on a silver platter. . .and he pissed it away . . .
    The saddest thing in life to waste is TALENT . . . Wasted Talent . . .for what?. . Hoe bags and cocaine. . .now his wife has left him . . His fraternity boys are all gone . . .his sluts that were lining up to suck him off and bang him don't even bat an eye at him . . .and the disappointment and disgrace he's brought to his family legacy .

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    Profile Name

    He sounds like a self entitled rich kid that had everything handed to him or paid for my his parents. I have no respect for these people and their addiction problems when they have the money to go to a live in detox rehab where they basically pamper you back to health. He wouldn't be shit without this parents.

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    rl184

    Where are all of the racist comments? Where are all of the comments about the failures of his community or bad parenting? These are the white privileges we speak of. If he were black it would have not only been an indictment on him but on all things black.

    Reply

    Ron Baker

    Now it's-
    "Johnny- Quarter pounder w/cheese"..

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    Jimmy Sapien

    SPOILED ASS KIDS – HE DESERVES WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM .. NUFF SAID

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    CymaticSand

    “Poised to be one of the greatest quarterbacks in history?!?” 🤣🤣🤣

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    Sellout Seth

    He’s the anti Kobe. No work ethic

    Reply

    Jared Reed

    Who didn’t see this coming.

    Reply

    Mike Bloodsworth

    Oil company equals big money so he'll to be just fine

    Reply

    Hec III

    Who cares. Just a walking pile of waste. He is just an example of how the rich and famous live by different rules. The Bieber of football.

    Reply

    ItsJustJodie Love

    Tragic?

    Reply

    Armando Avalos

    Addictions are real don't matter who you are. Don't judge anyone might happen to you or to a loved one!!! Facts

    Reply

    hunnid dub hunnid stack

    He was to small

    Reply

    Watchdog Pdr

    When I first read the title I thought he died so I went and googled it

    Reply

    Jordan Romano

    How is this tragic?

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    Snap Malloy

    Poised? I don't think you understand the meaning of the word

    Reply

    BLUM PKIN

    Johnny Manziel = Baker Mayfield

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    Happy Gilmore

    Freshman year- Johnny football ? Senior year thru NFL – Johnny Drama!! He is no different than Ethan Couch. The affluenza brat

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    J Boreal

    Epic melt.

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    kenny gann

    Worthless piece of shit.

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    Guitar Gangster Armi

    He’s an ass

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    Mack Parker

    He should have been raised better

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    RED DOG

    I actually always thought he was great the NFL can sometimes take away from players or in some cases like Tebow whom I loved never get the opportunity because….. they say he isn't good enough, after winning the Heisman smh . Manziel was good could've been great SH

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    Cricket Kiser

    Cant stand this stupid rich kid who had everything given to him!

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    Young Banked

    He's playing in the AFL he's ok in doing good. He's still the shit let him be

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    Nelly Davis

    His family has wealth he is ok.

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    Trey-Heru

    Johnny is an idiot lol

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    FMF Pittsburgh Music

    Wow no sympathy… millions of people on earth would love to change him places , and would live his life better then him

    Reply

    Skysthelimit212

    Am I supposed to feel bad for this guy? Because I don't.

    Reply

    Conique W

    Johnny is rich ur not commentator

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    richardnolan27

    What a pathetic waste of amazing opportunity to make something of yourself and name !

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    L. Ron Gardner

    "Tragic"? Gimme a friggin' break. The guy became Johnny "Party" instead of Johnny "Football," which is hardly a tragedy.

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    brett3140

    Dude thought he was worthy of a first rd pick. Everyone knew he was a bust

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    Jerry Ware

    Tebow didn’t make it in the NFL either.

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    NUFF SAID

    Not tragic when you do it to yourself…

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    Zodiac Stop

    Sagittarius they hate to be told what they can or cannot do……….. And they have the biggest drug problem we do like some examples Chris Carter.

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    Donald Williams Jr

    He played good for the tivy
    antlers

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    Noe Ramirez

    Johnny football ftw

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    Adrian Acevedo

    Loser

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    Rollo Tomasi

    There is only one Johnny Football….and his last name is Unitas…….period.

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    svanablak

    research how the manziel's attained their wealth then you'll understand why he was cursed. he was the quintessential spoiled, bratty rich kid. "born with a gold spoon…" doesn't even illustrate his family's wealth. he was born with 25 platinum spoons in his mouth while sleeping in a solid gold crib wearing crystal lined diapers.

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    Tom Wolfe

    Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving individual. It was obvious watching him in college that he would fail as soon as his he was on his own with no one watching him.

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    Patrick Dipasquale

    The problem is he was always spoiled his family is rich so he was given everything in life …everything came to easy …and then he started partying and who knows what kind of drugs he is addicted to …

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    Luis

    Another Rich little white with everything pretending like his a victim.

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    Joel B

    No one really thought he was going to be that good in the nfl.

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    christemple66

    He’s never gonna play again !! He sucked in the CFL

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    Death Ray gaming

    He did it to him self

    Reply

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