ESPN’s Skip Bayless dropped the hammer on Cleveland Browns rookie QB Johnny Manziel on Monday’s First Take, saying Manziel “continues to lie to himself” about his alcohol problem.
“It is time for me to come down harder on a concern that I repeatedly voiced on this show before Johnny was drafted. My concern, I repeatedly said, was if Johnny continues to demonstrate that he has a problem with alcohol, and a problem with alcohol leading to partying and all that that entails, then I’m going to be out. I’m going to be off the bandwagon,” Bayless said.
“I will no longer support a kid that I do like personally, and I have come to that point Stephen A. In talking to people in and around the Cleveland Browns, I believe Johnny Manziel continues to have a problem with alcohol. And I believe, Stephen A., that it is time for Johnny to get some help. He continues to lie to his executives, to his coaches, to his teammates, to the media, and most of all, he continues to lie to himself.
Stephen A Smith press Bayless to clarify: “You’re essentially telling me that you believe that Johnny Manziel is an alcoholic and a liar? Is that correct?”
Bayless: “I do. Yes I do. He has a problem – if you want to call him an alcoholic, I’ll go that far. I think he can’t handle his alcohol.”