Johnny Manziel gives first interview in two years: ‘I was self-medicating with alcohol’

Johnny Football is finally ready to talk.

After limiting his public comments during his attempted comeback, quarterback Johnny Manziel has given an interview to ABC’s Good Morning America that will be broadcast on Monday. It’s his first sit-down interview in more than two years.

The interview was teased on Twitter on Sunday night and featured a clip from the interview.

Here’s the quote from Manziel:

“I was self-medicating with alcohol. That’s what I thought was making me happy, helping me get out that desperation to the point of where I felt that I had some sense of happiness. But at the end of the day, when you wake up the next day after a night like that, or after going on a trip like that, and you wake up the next day and that’s all gone and that liquid courage and that sense of euphoria that’s over you is all gone and you’re left staring at the ceiling by yourself and you’re back in that depression and back in that hole, that dark hole of sitting in a room by yourself being super depressed, thinking about all the mistakes you’ve made in your life. What did that get me? What did that get me except out of the NFL? Where did that get me, disgraced?”

Manziel’s party lifestyle is well documented and in June 2016, Manziel’s father Paul, told ESPN that his son was struggling with drugs.

“It’s not a secret that he’s a druggie. Hopefully, he doesn’t die before he comes to his senses. I mean, I hate to say it, but I hope he goes to jail. I mean, that would be the best place for him. I’m doing my job, and I’m going to move on. If I have to bury him, I’ll bury him.”

Manziel was charged with domestic assault in April of 2016 and the victim, then-girlfriend Colleen Crowley, said in court documents that Manziel struck her so hard that she temporarily lost hearing in one ear and that he threatened to kill her. Manziel faced a year in jail but the domestic assault charge was dismissed last November when he successfully completed requirements of a court agreement that included taking an anger management course and participating in the NFL’s substance-abuse program.

Crowley said in a recent interview that she didn’t think Manziel had changed.

“At first, I felt that I needed an apology to help me process the assault. When it wasn’t forthcoming, and I had more time to process his destructive nature, I realized that he needed the remorse in order to heal,” Crowley said. “He won’t change due to his denial of the events, his DNA, and the enablers he surrounds himself with. Me? I’m stronger now.”

CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie initially said Manziel couldn’t enter the league last season but would be permitted to play in 2018 if he met certain, unspecified conditions. They gave him the green light in December and negotiations are ongoing between Manziel’s camp and the Ticats, who own his CFL rights.

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37 Comments on Johnny Manziel gives first interview in two years: ‘I was self-medicating with alcohol’

  1. Just saying // February 11, 2018 at 8:29 pm //

    Blah blah blah

  2. Why would all the negative be added re Crowley when this abc interview is Johnny Manziel first interview in 2 years which will be watched by millions. Everyone should hear it first hand tomorrow morning on Good Morning America

    Here is someone telling it all including mistakes. 3 down nation editors should give him an opportunity before putting someone down who admits to depression partying alcoholism and drugs.

  3. Everyone deserves a second chance in life including your friends and family members who one day may need your help

  4. I salute Johnny for revealing things that he does not need to reveal that could potentially help tons of others who go through obstacles in life similar to he has. I say that his comeback is going to be successful as he is taking responsibility for his actions. I hope that this interview is followied shortly thereafter with an announcement of his signing with the Ticats. I think most people like myself will be excited and keenly interested in seeing what he can do in the CFL and I feel that we are in for a treat.

  5. everyone’s using depression as an excuse. smh

  6. When people go through a serious illness in life or suffer with dependency on drugs/ alcohol or depression they go to support groups where they are taught to speak out on their personal experiences to raise public awareness. Instead of people being “negative” on this website about, this is something “posiitive” to applaud Johnny Manziel about as it takes a lot of guts and courage to do this. For those of you , who have been fortunate enough to avoid these things, you should be looking at him in a positive light and not a negative light for having done this and so should all of 3Down Nation. All I can say is “way to go Johnny” as this is a step in the right direction to ensure a successful comeback.

  7. You where Offered a Fair & Reasonable CFL Contract as a Rookie to This League. You will have to get It Out of Your Mind that You want a Starter’s Salary when You Never have Played a Single Down in the CFL. If You Still Crave the Glitz & Glamour of Your Lifestyle, Your Best Bet is to have Your Rights Sold or Traded to Cities Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver Lots of Night-Life in Those Cities.

  8. Addicts will lie and lie and lie some more.
    Good luck to him but I don’t trust these people. This looks like a media PR operation to me.

  9. Afraid I still see signing Manziel as a lose-lose proposition. If he is successful he will be lost to the NFL and if he is unsuccessful, we would have committed money to him that could be better spent elsewhere.

    • Do we should all hope he is successful. he will bring millions of dollars to cfl. All teams will benefit. All players will get media coverage in games he plays so they are in fact themselves auditioning for nfl.

    • It’s Called DENIAL.

    • I agree like on a defensive back like myself with no character issues off the field, no felony record no nothing, who can play safety, return the ball, and play receiver if needed. I have previously played pro ball in Europe and signed to the Glens Falls Gladiators of the American Arena League. I’ve previously worked out for Montreal, received interest but wasn’t called back for whatever reason.

  10. Sorry, don’t believe a word, even just listening to this short exert. I am personally a recovering alcoholic/addict, he’s saying all the right things. BUT is he really changed?

    He had an opportunity to the CFL, through his agent, they tried setting their demands through the media. Ti-Cats haven’t officially closed his case, they can still sign him, or trade his rights.

    He hasn’t even played a down of CFL ball, but asking for a starters QB salary? Too much ink and hype, hope if he has legitimately reformed and rehabilitated, all the best to him.

    • Bleeding Green // February 11, 2018 at 11:24 pm //

      Im a recovering alcoholic myself. If you as me, this kid shows all the signs and attributes of an alcoholic that is maybe still in denial. If he wants to have any kind of prop football career, he cant drink. The sooner he figures that out, the better off he will be. He looks healthy here tho. I just hope he doesn’t think he can hit it hard in the offseason. It will kill him.

      • True green // February 12, 2018 at 8:42 am //

        thanks for your honesty brother. Seems like there’s a few of us on here

      • You can be an alcoholic and not be bipolar. However if you are diagnosed as bipolar (and there are different types) many use alcohol as an escape.

  11. As a Ti-Cat fan, I’m not thrilled about the idea
    of Manziel coming to Hamilton.
    However, seeing the Grey Cup in Tim’s would
    likely convince me otherwise.

  12. As a Ti-Cat fan, I’m not thrilled about the possibility
    of Manziel coming to Hamilton.
    However, seeing the Grey Cup in Tim’s could
    possibly change my mind.

  13. If he’s suddenly healed good for him, continue with your program. But stay the hell out of Canada!!! Recover on your own time, your own dime, in your own country. Don’t make Canada babysit you. That’s your Daddy’s job…. wait he wants you locked up to protect you from yourself and so you don’t die. Go the hell away!!!

  14. this is why he hasn’t signed in Hamilton…..this is a Hail Mary attempt to convince an NFL GM to bring him on

    Johnny Spoiled Brat Douche Bag

  15. Just saying // February 11, 2018 at 10:44 pm //

    Haha what ever words come out of his mouth tomorrow have been rehearsed. Do t be fooled

  16. Bleeding Green // February 11, 2018 at 11:25 pm //

    Johnny Highball

  17. In Masoli We Trust. I’m sure Brandon and the boys would agree. Bring on 2018. Oskee Wee Wee.

  18. just aired on a Buffalo station.

  19. Lots of great apartments near Barton/Lottridge. Perfect city for a recovering alcoholic with addictions issues… should fit in well with the drunks, crackheads, prostitutes, drug dealers et all near THF. This will work well 🙁

  20. Just watched it. He said he was diagnosed as bi polar. So have I. I have found medication to be useless on me. What works is running and meditation for me. I would like to commend Ari above for being inclusive and understanding. This is the team that accepted Quarterback Chuck Ealy when the NFL told him to to switch to wide receiver.

  21. Ken Ried above… I think the two leagues NFL and CFL are equals and time in service should be honored going both ways. Warren Moon was given a huge contract by Houston after playing in CFL. Does Johnnie deserve a MOP contract? No but he is more accomplished than James Franklin who sat on the bench for two years and was given a 250 K contract. I think Franklin’s 250k base plus some Jersey sales to US addresses only incentives would be fair.

  22. Mark above. Players go back and forth between other leagues in other sports such as Basketball (Euro-league) and baseball (Japan league) and Hockey (Russian league). Not sure why you would care if he leaves after 2. If he fails so what you just use that one way obligation CFl contract and cut him like we have seen over the last month. Keep in mind JF was at [email protected] for just 2 years and they paid for a 500 M stadium upgrade off his new revenue. Cats could use a new weight room.

  23. Brandon above. Not sure what your point is. Contact Johnie’s agent Eric Burkhardt maybe he can package you in on a deal to Hamilton.

  24. Run away Hamilton, run away!!!!

  25. Good for Manziel for admitting he has a problem, and that he is bi-polar and whatever other affliction he may have. I sincerely hope he can get his life together, but this is not the John Howard Society or AA. It’s the CFL. Step away from football Mr. Manziel and put yourself right. Become a good person, have a family and enjoy life. In the meantime, let the Tiger-Cats move on and get back to the business of professional football.

  26. JM needs the CFL…..The CFL doesn’t need JM. If he really wants to play, he’ll play. If it’s all lip service then he’ll sit

    • You have no idea of the multi million dollars Manziel can bring. 3 down nation should put together revenue from attendance and do an analysis of what it means to each team. I believe the teams with the low attendance are subsidized by the teams doing well in that regard.
      TSN will be the biggest benefactor with increased viewership in Canada and in the states. Teams basically come close to covering their cap money from TSN. With Manziel ESPN will pick up subscriptions from states which in turn will improve TSN revenues and an increase in revenues for teams. A new player may become involved re televised games in the states and that is nfl network. Again big benefits to TSN who provide the feed and the trickle down affect to cfl

      I believe this analysis should be done by someone knowledgeable so all the fans in Canada realize what could happen if Manziel comes to and or is successful in the CFL

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