Former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel opens up about his drug usage and suicide attempt in a new documentary called “Untold: Johnny Football.” The documentary reveals that Manziel began using OxyContin and cocaine daily after the 2015 season, leading to weight loss and legal troubles. Manziel also discusses his bipolar disorder diagnosis and his struggle with addiction. The documentary is set to be released on Netflix on Tuesday. Jacob Lev reported
Johnny Manziel, a former NFL quarterback, has opened up about his struggles with drug addiction and a suicide attempt in a new documentary titled “Untold: Johnny Football.” The documentary, set to be released on Netflix, delves into Manziel’s drug usage during his playing career and his downward spiral following his release from the Cleveland Browns in 2016.
According to Manziel, he began using OxyContin and cocaine daily after the 2015 season, which resulted in a significant weight loss from 215 pounds in January to 175 pounds in September. This period of poor play and legal troubles culminated in a misdemeanor assault charge against his former girlfriend, Colleen Crowley. However, the charges were eventually dropped after Manziel met the court’s conditions for dismissal.
The Cleveland Browns ultimately released Manziel in March 2016, and it was later revealed that he had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Despite being urged to seek treatment, Manziel refused and instead embarked on a destructive path, referred to as a “self-sabotaging” phase. He admitted to going on a “$5 million bender” before attempting suicide.
In the documentary, Manziel reveals that he had purchased a gun with the intention of taking his own life, but it malfunctioned when he pulled the trigger. He still remains uncertain about what happened but considers it a fortunate turn of events. Throughout this challenging period, Manziel’s relationship with his family became strained due to his refusal to seek help. Eventually, he returned to his family’s home in Texas after leaving Los Angeles following the suicide attempt.
Manziel’s father, Paul Manziel, expressed gratitude that his son is still alive and believes that better days are ahead for him. The documentary highlights the long and arduous journey that Manziel has been on and raises questions about whether it has been positive or negative.
CNN has reached out to the Browns for comment on the situation. Since his release from the Browns, Manziel has played for various teams in the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the now-defunct Alliance of American Football (AAF). His most recent involvement in professional football was in the Fan Controlled Football league.
The Netflix documentary “Untold: Johnny Football” is set to premiere on Tuesday, shedding light on the turbulent life of the former NFL quarterback..