Skip Bayless Calls Johnny Manziel An ‘Alcoholic And A Liar’ On Television Broadcast


The shout fest that is ESPN’s First Take allows hosts Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith to lay some pretty outlandish claims and get away with most of them, and Bayless swung for the fences with some comments on Cleveland Browns’ rookie quarterback Johnny Manzel. After a press conference where Manziel admitted that he needs to take his job ‘a lot more seriously,’ stemming from a Friday night party he denied throwing that led to teammates Josh Gordon and Justin Gilbert missing team meetings Saturday morning (and ultimately, the game on Sunday), Bayless made this comment on air, “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. 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.” Smith asked the questions, “You’re essentially telling me that you believe that Johnny Manziel is an alcoholic and a liar? Is that correct?” Bayless answered, “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.”

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  1. I am a Texas A&M Alum and currently still a Johnny Football fan. But his act is running a little thin with his abilities on the field now being exposed as not as polished as he thinks they are. His skills from the college game are not translating to the pros, he is not trying to adapt, and he doesn’t even have the Tim Tebow ‘Good Guy’ persona to use for leverage for a possible second look. Manziel is working his way to third string journeyman very quickly.

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