Johnny Manziel’s Agent Severs Ties
The trials and tribulations of Johnny Manziel’s career continues on with his now former agent, Erik Burkhardt, severing ties with the troubled quarterback.
In the wake of the latest allegations that Manziel abused his on-again, off-again girlfriend Colleen Crowley this past weekend, Burkhardt released a statement this morning saying he will no longer represent Manziel.
“It is with deep regret that, after several emotional and very personal discussions with his family, his doctors, and my client himself, I have made the decision to terminate my professional relationship with Johnny Manziel,” Burkhardt said. “Though I will remain a friend and Johnny supporter, and he knows I have worked tirelessly to arrange a number of professional options for him to continue to pursue, it has become painfully obvious that his future rests solely in his own hands. His family and I have gone to great lengths to outline the steps we feel he must take to get his life in order. Accountability is the foundation of any relationship, and without it the funtion of my work is counterproductive. I truly wish the best for Johnny and sincerely hope he can, and will, find the kind of peace and happiness he deserves.”
This comes after news that the Cleveland Browns are expected to cut Manziel at the start of the 2016 NFL league year on March 9. Although there are rumors of some interested teams, he is likely to clear waivers and become a free agent.
Regardless of his on-the-field performance, Johnny Manziel clearly needs help and should take the necessary time to get himself right. He showed signs of self improvement last year by entering a rehab facility, but this is now a bigger issue, with his father telling the Dallas Morning News “he [Johnny] won’t live to see his 24th birthday” if he does not get help.