Ironically, Johnny Manziel is one of the key reasons the Browns DON’T want to be a feature of the popular HBO TV show Hard Knocks.
Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine said that QB Johnny Manziel’s soon-to-be-completed stint in rehab was one of the reasons the team is against being on the HBO series Hard Knocks.
According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Browns – who are reportedly frontrunners for the popular HBO show – met with NFL Films executives at the NFL’s Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona and gave numerous reasons why they were against being on the show for the 2015 season. Among those reasons were the status of QB Johnny Manziel, who is currently in rehab for alcohol use and will be in an aftercare program once he gets out of treatment in early April.
Pettine stated at the meeting that Manziel’s status was not the main cause for the team’s hesitancy, but it played a factor – as did the fact that Pettine and Browns GM Ray Farmer are in only their second year together with the team.
The Browns head coach also added that he expects Manziel to return to the Browns when the team reports for early offseason workouts on April 20th.