Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel issued the following statement around noon on Friday, apologizing to fans and the organization:
"I would like to thank my family, friends, the Browns organization, my teammates and Browns fans everywhere for your patience, understanding and support during my stay at Caron. The doctors and staff have been amazing and what I’ve learned in the last couple of months has been tremendous. I owe private apologies to a lot of people that I disappointed but a very public one to the Browns organization and the fans that I let down. I take full responsibility for my actions and it’s my intention to work very hard to regain everyone’s trust and respect. I understand that will take time and will only happen through what I do and not what I say.
I also understand there’s a lot of curiosity about this but anyone who has a friend or family member that’s been through things like this knows it’s an ongoing process. I’m going to continue to ask folks to try to respect my privacy as I determine to what degree I am comfortable talking about a subject which I consider very personal. Most of you have been considerate about that and I thank you for it. I look forward to seeing my teammates next week and focusing on football and my desire to be the best possible player, teammate, and man that I can be."
The statement says all the right things, and I have no problem giving Manziel another opportunity. He's going to have to earn it with hard work and preparation, along with demonstrating that whatever led him to rehab in the first place has been rehabilitated to an extent.
According to the USA Today, Manziel's treatment facility was at Caron Pennsylvania, an alcohol and drug treatment center.