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May 27, 2014 - Mike McLain
It took Johnny Manziel all two weeks after being selected in the first round of the NFL draft by the Cleveland browns to get the twitter world abuzz.
All it took was a weekend in Las Vegas, where the motto "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" didn't play out. Actually, everything that Manziel did was either photographed or filmed by outlets like TMZ for the whole world to see.
Which, of course, means the open OTA practice for the media Wednesday will be filled with reporters that normally wouldn't be within hundreds of miles of Cleveland in late May. They'll need to find out if Manziel's weekend fun in the Vegas is a team distraction, although it's doubtful Manziel will be made available.
Apparently people are upset because Manziel made the trip during down time between OTA practices. The question being asked now is if Manziel's actions reflect poorly on the Browns, who used the 22nd pick on him.
Manziel posted a tweet Sunday wondering why it's not okay to have a little fun while still studying the playbook. Manziel's fun included a pool-side party thrown by Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and attending a UFC card.
It's not the way many players would spend a weekend away from football. Others might have gotten in a couple rounds of golf. Some might have taken in a baseball game.
Come to think about it, most players probably did something to enjoy themselves. Is there really a big difference between a player enjoying a round of golf while another player takes in a UFC fight card? As long as no crimes were reported, who cares?
Social media cares, which means legitimate news organizations care, which means it will be "the" story on Wednesday. I'd prefer to write about how Manziel is adapting to offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's offense than his weekend in Vegas.
The only way Manziel's off-the-field actions won't be the story is if he quits going to places like Vegas. That will presumably happen when training camp opens and then the regular season rolls around. Players have little time to get away from football during those times, especially quarterbacks. While their teammates get Tuesdays off, quarterbacks have to be in the building to digest the game plan for the next opponent.
The Browns knew what to expect when the draft Manziel. They might not have expected the drama to begin playing out so soon.
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