Johnny Manziel’s partying ways have been no mystery, but a new feature on the Heisman-winning former Texas A&M quarterback includes claims from an ex-roommate that Manziel used drugs when they lived together.
The drug-use claims are just a small bit of the lengthy Vanity Fair story on Manziel’s downfall, but they’re the most solid report of Manziel’s long-rumored use of them.
By the way, if anybody’s looking for a quarterback, Manziel’s reportedly been reinstated after his four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s drug policy.
And lest we forget, he’s still awaiting a court date related to his Dallas domestic-violence case.
The Vanity Fair piece details use of Molly (a form of ecstasy), marijuana, cocaine and nonprescription use of Xanax in the off-campus College Station house Manziel shared with longtime best friend Steven Brant.
“But it’s not like this was some kind of Amy Winehouse scene,” Brant told the magazine.
In one scene in June 2013, Manziel’s mother, Michelle, found drug paraphernalia in the home and had her son and all of his belongings moved out in a flash.
Later on, a familiar character appears when “Uncle” Nate Fitch starts harping on Manziel and Brant about the drugs.
“Ever since the Heisman, Nate was hinting about drugs, getting it to stop,” Brant said. “He was acting all concerned, because Johnny was his meal ticket.”
Through it all, Brant disagrees with the notion that he was a bad influence on Manziel.
“We partied together, yeah, but all this is my fault? Let me tell you, no one tells Johnny what to do,” he told Vanity Fair.
In fact, Brant insists Manziel doesn’t have a drug problem.
“Johnny doesn’t have a drug problem. He has a ‘having fun’ problem,” Brant said. “I think I know him better than anyone. He’ll be fine. Believe me.”
Back in June, Manziel’s defense lawyer at the time accidentally leaked a hint at Manziel’s drug use to The Associated Press, inadvertently texting a reporter, “Heaven help us if one of the conditions [of a plea deal in a hit-and-run] is to pee in a bottle.”