[Blind Gossip] All the success this athlete achieved in his life was destroyed by substance abuse and a series of bad choices. Despite his problems, though, he keeps saying that he is going back to work.
Actually, he can’t go back to work. He’s not training and he wouldn’t make it through the first drug test because he’s not sober. When he is sober he gets really depressed because the reality of how he messed up his life is too much for him to deal with. So he goes right back to [using]. He is pretending that everything’s under control and that he just needs to take a little time off to get his head together and then he’ll be ready to go. We know it’s a lie, but we’re trying to support him anyhow.
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Athlete: Johnny Manziel
Back in 2016, Blind Gossip told you that Johnny Manziel was very depressed whenever he was not using drugs and alcohol.
Well, it turns out that there was a good reason for that. Manziel has now been diagnosed with bipolar depression!
Manziel is now sober, on medication, and working towards an NFL comeback.
Johnny Manziel says he’s bipolar, working on comeback
Johnny Football wants a comeback.
In an interview with “Good Morning America” that aired Monday, Heisman Trophy winner and NFL bust Johnny Manziel said he has been diagnosed as bipolar and is taking medication for it. And his goal is to get back on the football field.
“I am watching all the other guys doing what I want to be doing and I am sitting on a couch being a loser,” Manziel said.
Manziel said he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder “about a year ago.” He added that he has stopped drinking, saying that he had used alcohol as a way of “self-medicating” as he battled depression.
“At the end of the day I can’t help that my wires are a little bit differently crossed than yours, I can’t help my mental makeup of the way that I was created,” Manziel said. “But I know if I stay on these meds and I continue to do what I am doing right now … I think my dad, my mom, I think [girlfriend Bre Tiesi], would all agree that they see a drastic change.”
Manziel won the Heisman Trophy at Texas A&M in 2012, becoming the first freshman to claim the award. And he was a first-round pick by the Cleveland Browns in 2014. But after two unremarkable seasons, he was out of the league.
He acknowledges there’s no one to blame except himself after the drinking binges documented on social media and a run-in with the law that included a domestic assault charge.
“You are left staring at the ceiling by yourself and in that depression and back in that dark hole of sitting in a room by yourself, super depressed, thinking about all the mistakes you made in your life,” he said. “What did that get me? Where did that get me except out of the NFL? Where did that get me? Disgraced.”
Manziel says he’s been working out and trying to convince some NFL team to give him a second chance.
“I don’t know what kind of comeback it will be,” he said, “but I know I want to get back on a football field to what brought me so much joy in my life and it makes me happy doing as my job.”
After that article was published, it was announced that Manziel is joining the Spring League (a developmental football league), so he’s definitely taking steps towards a comeback.
Please note that if you or someone you love is suffering from a mental illness, it is nothing to be ashamed about. It is a health condition just like any other, so don’t be embarrassed to get help! A good starting point is the National Alliance for Mental Illness. The NAMI HelpLine can be reached Monday through Friday, 10 am–6 pm, ET at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264). You can also check them out at NAMI.org.
We wish Johnny Manziel the best in his recovery and in his comeback.
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