Remember the time when Johnny Manziel, supposedly in concussion protocol, was spotted wearing a disguise and partying in Las Vegas on the eve of the Cleveland Browns’ final game of the 2015 season?
Well, Johnny Football, fresh off of revealing his bipolar diagnosis and announcing an NFL comeback attempt, finally explained why he set his career on fire for a few hours of fun in Sin City. Sort of.
In a podcast conversation with former Browns teammates Joe Thomas and Andrew Hawkins, transcribed by For The Win, Manziel said the trip to Vegas was an attempt to “fix my home life.”
“It was what was going on at home that was causing me so many problems, and one of those problems led me to Vegas,” he said. “I felt like I couldn’t solidify or fix my home life without going out there. So I had this reckless, reckless plan. On a Saturday after the walkthrough, I’m going to catch a 12 o’clock [flight]. So I fly out there, I get there at 2 or 3 or whatever time it is and I’m going to stay there for three hours and I’m going to catch the 10:30 flight back so I can make my mandatory treatment session the next day.”
Upon arriving, he checked into Planet Hollywood, “[talked] out my family business, like whatever,” and figured, “You know what, that craps table is calling my name, that blackjack table’s calling my name.”