Johnny Manziel Now Says That Depression And A Bi-Polar Disorder Is What Sabotaged His NFL Career, Which Actually Makes A Lot Of Sense
If that was nothing more than a desperate play for sympathy - and I don't think it was - then it was a damned good one. I can't recall a time I which I have heard Johnny Manziel sound 5% as sincere as he did in that interview, so it was either a brilliant acting performance or a cautionary tale about how easy it is for youth and celebrity to turn an athlete or entertainer into the type of person that others don't even bother trying to help. By all accounts - mostly those of social media - a shortage of company wasn't something that the former college star was suffering from. A shortage of company that gave a shit about his professional struggles and wanted him to succeed in something other than getting them all into the VIP section of the club, however, probably was.
The way I look at is this. The careless and cocky douchebag personality/persona might lend itself to some combination of depression and substance abuse, but it certainly doesn't make for all that compelling of a victim. That's not to say that no one in his inner circle cared about him as anything more than an accomplice, but it is too say that being brash, egoistical, and - as he said in his on words - entitled led to most people on the outside instinctively diagnosing him as nothing more than a dickhead.
If this was just reputation reconstruction in an effort to make the 46th installment of #ComebackSZN the one that finally sticks (and it's impossible to be entirely certain that it's not) then consider me duped. It sounded like an honest and believable indictment of what it's like to be given every reason - both biologically and socially - to be so far up your own ass that you lose sight of the golden opportunity you've been given. I'm still not crying a river for the kid, but - with how quickly he drank himself out of a dream job - it's one of the few things that makes sense regarding his rapid demise.