When your family says they think you’re is going to die, and don’t do anything about it, it’s safe to say they’ve given up.
Paul Manziel, father of former NFL QB Johnny Manziel, made headlines earlier this year when he warned that his partying son may not see his 24th birthday. He told ESPN this week that his son is a “druggie” and he hopes he “goes to jail” in order to stop using drugs and alcohol.
He went on to add, “He’s a druggie. It’s not a secret that he’s a druggie, I don’t know what to say other than my son is a druggie and he needs help. He just hasn’t seeked it yet. Hopefully he doesn’t die before he comes to his senses. That’s about all you can say. I don’t know what else to say. I hate to say it but I hope he goes to jail. I mean, that would be the best place for him. So we’ll see.”
Paul Manziel’s comments follow numerous attempts at wrangling in his son, including sending him to rehab to which Manziel escaped. Paul made it clear that prison is the only thing that can help him at this point.
He added some rather chilling quotes including, “If I have to bury him, I’ll bury him. That’s the fact. So if not, if he calls me and needs help, I’ll go get him. Until then, he’s on his own,” Paul Manziel said. “I’ve done everything I can do. There is nothing [else] I can do as a father. Nothing. … It is, what it is. He’s a druggie and everybody needs to accept it.”
These comments came just a few hours after Manziel was in the news once again when Johnny’s defense attorney Bob Hinton, “accidentally” sent a text message to The Associated Press saying the quarterback is seeking a plea deal in his Texas domestic violence case involving his former girlfriend.
Hinton, like Manziel’s father, doesn’t feel confident about his clients ability to stay clean, warning that conditions of possible plea deal might not help Johnny’s issues. “Heaven help us if one of the conditions is to pee in a bottle,” Hinton said.
According to Sporting News, the text message also says Hinton was given a receipt that supposedly shows Manziel spent more than $1,000 at a drug paraphernalia shop 15 hours after he reported a hit-and-run.