Former Cleveland Browns great Jim Brown is hoping quarterback Johnny Manziel doesn’t get released of traded this offseason despite his off the field problems.
“To be honest, I don’t want to see him traded or anything like that,” Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown said, via Tom Reed of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I just never feel that’s the answer to anything. But that’s my opinion and I don’t expect you to feel that way. I like Johnny.”
Brown believes Manziel can be helped by the right people.
“Your leadership has to be able to deal with players and I don’t think that Johnny is a bad guy,” Brown said. “But I think he needs someone to deal with him, give him an opportunity to be the nice Johnny, the intelligent Johnny. From all I hear, he should know what is right and wrong, etc. But we never know what is in the background of any of these youngsters.
“Since I deal with them and I deal with the ones that are hardcore, I know that if you deal with them properly they’ll respect you and you can get them to do what’s needed to be done.”
Brown did admit that Manziel’s disrespect towards the Browns hasn’t helped.
“I like Johnny and I know a lot of kids that if you don’t know how to deal with them, you lose them,” Brown said. “They don’t come ready made, but on the other hand the argument is he’s a man. He should know how to conduct himself. He has an opportunity and we’ve got all of that, but I like him and I hope they are able to relate and if they are able to relate then he will respect the coach.”