The latest instalment of the Johnny Manziel Comeback SZN™ social media campaign – otherwise known as Tone Deaf 2018 – features the controversial quarterback rapping the lyrics from repeat domestic abuser Chris Brown while rocking his soon-to-be released Comeback SZN™ hoodies.
Manziel also appears to be back to his late-night ways. The two short videos were posted to his Instagram story early Thursday morning and feature Manziel singing along with two Brown songs in what appears to be a limo.
The first video is from the Brown song “Tempo,” released last year.
“We should pull up to the kick-back, smoke one with me one time. Tell me ’bout all the freaky secrets, all them troubles that you got on your mind. Just bring them to life (bend it up), put that shit on a film and watch it back on rewind (hold up).We ain’t in a rush, girl, it’s just us…
It then cuts to Manziel rapping “No Exit” from the same Heartbreak on a Full Moon album.
“There really ain’t no exit for me. So don’t be worried by my ex-chick, I know that you heard them stories…”
The optics of this are awful. Brown has a long history of domestic violence and the line from “No Exit” feels like a reference to Manziel’s former girlfriend Colleen Crowley, with whom he was charged with hitting and threatening in January 2016. He reached a dismissal agreement that required him to complete an anger management class, attend a domestic violence impact panel and participate in a substance-abuse program.
Add the hawking of the hoodies, the late-night posts, the limo ride and the outrageous contract demands… it hardly inspires confidence that Manziel sees the Comeback SZN™ as some kind of redemption effort – more like the same old story.
Oh, and Manziel told a fan on Twitter that “Money Manziel” is making a return as well and added a #MoneySZN hashtag.
— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) January 18, 2018
Better get those Comeback SZN™ hoodies quick. They may not last long.