Manziel says he's bipolarField Level Media
February 12. 2018 10:25PM
Johnny Manziel was selfish, entitled and dealing with bipolar disorder.
Manziel, the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy in 2012 and a rapid flameout in the NFL, said Monday in an exclusive interview with ABC that he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder a year ago and since quit drinking.
“I’m working to try and make sure that I don’t fall back into any type of depression, because I know where that leads me and I know how slippery a slope that is for me,” Manziel told ABC News’ Good Morning America.
“At the end of the day, I can’t help that my wires are a little bit differently crossed than yours. I can’t help my mental makeup of the way that I was created.”
Manziel, 25, said he takes medication to treat his bipolar disorder.
Manziel has not played football since 2015 and was released in 2016 by the Browns, who drafted Manziel in the first round.
Due to what former coach Mike Pettine described as a lack of discipline, including drinking and partying during the practice week and missing offseason workouts and meetings without explanation, Manziel was released. One such transgression included a raucous night out soon after being announced as the team’s starter ahead of a “Monday Night Football” game at Baltimore.