Johnny Manziel appears to have turned his back on his family and his NFL career, but the league would still like to find a way to help the troubled former Cleveland Browns quarterback.
NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent discussed Manziel's struggles on Philadelphia 610 Sports' "Rob Maaddi Show" on Tuesday, saying he's personally still trying to reach Manziel -- and so are the Browns.
"From ownership on down, general manager, head coach, their player engagement director, everyone. … We won't stop. We're just hoping that moment happens where Johnny is willing to accept some assistance and get the help that he really needs to just function as an individual. Forget football. But to really get his life turned around so that he can function as a good citizen and a good young man."
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Vincent talked about the league's approach to troubled players in general and then addressed Manziel's specific situation.
"It's what you go to bed every night just thinking: How do you assist someone that really is not interested or quite frankly don't want to meet you halfway. You can have all the resources, which they're endless, confidential resources in your hometown, the individual club where the players or family members live. They're there. They're available. But if an individual is not willing to meet you halfway to get assistance, it's very difficult because it's something you can't make an individual do anything.
"In this particular case, it's obvious it's gotten out of control. You see his parents. When a father speaks out about losing his son to potentially substance abuse, you know there's a problem. Johnny's not returning phone calls. He's in different states. You kind of see him, you get this notice of where he is based off of social media, and that's a challenge, but we won't stop. We'll continue to keep reaching out, letting Johnny know that we love him, we care for him and that we're here when he's willing and wants and is able to accept assistance, we'll be there for him."