Johnny Manziel's allies are dwindling.
Early Wednesday afternoon, Cavaliers star LeBron James expressed concern for the 23-year-old quarterback and his current situation. Later today, James' marketing agency, LRMR, publically ended its relationship with Manziel, as first reported by Cleveland.com's Joe Vardon.
Not a great day for Manziel.
The announcement follows Manziel's alleged trip to Las Vegas over the weekend. Manziel was spotted at a popular Vegas club, donning a wig, glasses, and fake mustache. "Billy Manziel" memes and jokes have run rampant on Twitter since the report emerged Monday evening.
Maverick Carter, James' close friend and business partner in charge of LRMR, told Cleveland.com:
"We've decided to end our formal business relationship with Johnny. I will continue to support and advise him as a friend. However, because Johnny needs to focus on personal growth, the next phase of his career and because LRMR continues to expand beyond marketing, we made the mutual decision that it was best to terminate our business relationship."
LRMR manages LeBron's sponsorship offers and business plans. The agency had previously represented Manziel in sponsorship deals before breaking ties with Manziel.
Before LRMR announced the move, James told the media:
"I think it's more concerned for him individually ... "I'm not quite sure [about the Manziel-Vegas report]. I don't know all the details on it. I really kind of haven't been all up on it, but I've heard a little of it. It's just a distraction for not only himself, but for everyone that's around him, including family, people that represent him, the people that are around him. And he'll figure it out at some point. We all hope."
Adding onto the bad news, two local television stations are actively stalking Manziel's Avon house.
Yes, that's what Manziel mania has come to.
Dani Carlson from WOIO Channel 19 and Kristin Volk from WEWS NewsChannel 5 staked out Manziel's house on Tuesday and Wednesday. The two tweeted out reports from Manziel's house today.
Walked up to home of #johnnymanziel and heard guys' voices inside. When I knocked, it got silent and no one answered.— Kristin Volk (@Kristin_Volk) January 6, 2016
Friend of #johnnymanziel says he is in town but not home. Doesn't know if he was in #Vegas. His car in driveway. pic.twitter.com/SHTEQR52kt— Kristin Volk (@Kristin_Volk) January 6, 2016
Friend of Johnny's emerges from QB's home. Says he's house and dog sitting. Video on @cleveland19news at 6— Dani Carlson (@DaniCarlsonTV) January 6, 2016
It appears 2 people left Manziels home in SUV. Friend we spoke with before & unidentified driver who gave me middle finger as he drove away— Dani Carlson (@DaniCarlsonTV) January 6, 2016
Volk also did a stand-up report for newsnet5.com, "Manziel watch continues," available here. The report offers little in the way of information or news regarding Manziel.
The reports released by WEWS and WOIO have largely been met negatively on Twitter, as well they should.
I'm all for pursuing a story in the name of journalism, but this is just ridiculous.