Johnny Manziel's Father Says His Son Need to Be in Jail for His Own Good

Johnny Manziel Father Wants Him to Go to Jail

The father of former Cleveland Browns quarter back Johnny Manziel told ESPN on Friday that his family has exhausted all possible ways to help their son and he thinks that locking his son up in jail may be the only way to save his life.

Johnny Manziel, 23, who was cut by the Browns this year after years of problems both on and off the field, is facing misdemeanor assault charges for allegedly hitting and threatening former girlfriend Colleen Crowley in January. If convicted, he could spend up to a year in jail and pay a $4000 fine. Last week his lawyer accidentally sent a text to the Associated Press expressing doubts that Manziel would be able to stay clean in the event of a plea deal.

"Heaven help us if one of the conditions is to pee in a bottle," defense attorney Bob Hinton wrote.

"He's a druggie. It's not a secret that he's a druggie," Paul Manziel told ESPN's Josina Anderson in an interview on Friday. "I don't know what to say other than my son is a druggie and he needs help. He just hasn't [sought] 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."

He said he's had his son in rehab, but the system "failed" because doctors let Johnny go.

"He has more money than me, so he can outrun me. Like I said, there are two things that are going to happen: He's either going to die, or he's going to figure out that he needs help. It's one of the two." He said the family has done everything they can do at this point and they've run out of options.