Things keep getting more gloomy for Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel after the recent details of his incident in Dallas/Fort-Worth. On Friday, Manziel's agent, Erik Burkhardt, released a statement saying that he was terminating his relationship with his client:
"It is with deep regret that, after several emotional and very personal discussions with his family, his doctors, and my client himself, I have made the decision to terminate my professional relationship with Johnny Manziel.
Though I will remain a friend and Johnny supporter, and he knows I have worked tirelessly to arrange a number of professional options for him to continue to pursue, it has become painfully obvious that his future rests solely in his own hands. His family and I have gone to great lengths to outline the steps we feel he must take to get his life in order. Accountability is the foundation of any relationship, and without it the function of my work is counterproductive.
I truly wish the best for Johnny and sincerely hope he can, and will, find the kind of peace and happiness he deserves."
Joel Corry, a former agent and NFL salary cap specialist at CBS Sports, notes that this isn't something you see in sports:
Agents typically don't fire clients. Erik Burkhardt likely got tired of giving Johnny Manziel advice that was repeatedly ignored.— Joel Corry (@corryjoel) February 5, 2016
Many other reporters have agreed that this is a near-unprecedented happening in sports.