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 August 7, 2023

Ex-NFL QB Johnny Manziel admits he attempted suicide in 2016

Johnny Manziel, a former NFL quarterback, now admits that he attempted suicide in 2016 after being released by the Cleveland Browns, which ended his professional football career.

The revelation is included in the documentary Untold: Johnny Football, which details the young football star's meteoric ascent and fall, according to Breitbart News.

Fox News reported that Manziel says in the documentary that his brief NFL career following a successful college career, combined with his struggles with substance abuse and bipolar disorder, led him to believe that suicide was his only option.

“I had planned to do everything I wanted to do at that point in my life, spend as much money as I possibly could and then my plan was to take my life,” he says in the documentary.

In high school, Manziel was notorious for his heavy drinking and partying, but by his second season in the NFL, he was using OxyContin and cocaine almost daily.

His health revealed the truth. Fox stated that he began the 2015 season at 215 pounds and ended at 175 pounds. Throughout this time, he was chronically tardy for practices and in trouble for not listening to his instructors.

In 2016, Manziel's girlfriend also accused him of domestic violence, adding to his troubles.

Even though the abuse charges were withdrawn, the Browns ultimately released him prior to what would have been his third season in the NFL. Since then, no team has seriously contemplated him.

His existence spiraled after he was severed. In the documentary, he states that he engaged in a $5 million spending frenzy before attempting suicide, something he is just speaking out about.

“I wanted to get as bad as humanly possible to where it made sense, and it made it seem like an excuse and an out for me.” And he obtained a gun to use for his end solution, but the gun failed when he pulled the trigger.

“Still, to this day, don’t know what happened. But the gun just clicked on me,” Manziel says.

After that, though, he began to think more seriously about recovery.

“It’s been a long, long road, and I don’t know if it’s been great or it’s been bad — that’s kind of still up for debate,” Paul Manziel, his father, adds in the film. “But we’re blessed. And he’s still with us. And we can mend all the fences still.

“I think Johnny’s got a lot better days coming than what he’s had.”

Written By:
Charlotte Tyler

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