Johnny Manziel revealed in a brand new documentary he tried suicide after the Cleveland Browns lower him in 2016.
“Untold: Johnny Soccer,” scheduled to launch Tuesday, is the most recent of the Netflix collection that offers an inside have a look at one of many high soccer stars of the twenty first century who in the end flamed out of the NFL regardless of successful the 2012 Heisman Trophy at Texas A&M.
His lack of success within the league, blended with substance abuse points and a bipolar dysfunction prognosis, left Manziel seeing no means out.
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“I had deliberate to do every little thing I needed to do at that time in my life, spend as a lot cash as I presumably might after which my plan was to take my life,” Manziel defined within the documentary, per a number of studies.
Within the documentary, Manziel stated that following the 2015 NFL season, his second within the league throughout which he went 2-4 as a starter with Cleveland, he started utilizing OxyContin and cocaine each day, per a number of studies.
He was 215 kilos in January of that yr, and by the point September rolled round, he had dropped to 175 kilos.
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Extra off-the-field issues got here in January 2016, when his girlfriend accused him of hitting and threatening her, which led to a misdemeanor assault cost.
Although attorneys reached an settlement with officers to get the cost dropped underneath situations, the Browns, after utilizing their first-round decide on him throughout the 2014 NFL Draft, lower him earlier than the beginning of his third NFL season.
Manziel was later recognized with bipolar dysfunction that yr, he stated within the documentary, in response to a number of studies. Nonetheless, he refused to go to rehab, and his substance abuse points received worse.
The quarterback stated he went on a “$5 million bender” earlier than in the end making an attempt to take his personal life.
“I needed to get as unhealthy as humanly attainable to the place it made sense, and it made it appear to be an excuse and an out for me.” Manziel purchased a gun previous to his “bender” to in the end perform his suicide try. But it surely didn’t work.
“Nonetheless, to today, don’t know what occurred. However the gun simply clicked on me,” Manziel stated within the documentary, per studies.
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The suicide try gave Manziel a brand new perspective on life. Regardless of a damaged household relationship as a result of he refused to get therapy, Manziel returned dwelling to Texas, the place he started his restoration.
“It’s been a protracted, lengthy street, and I don’t know if it’s been nice or it’s been unhealthy — that’s type of nonetheless up for debate,” Paul Manziel, his father, stated within the documentary, per studies. “However we’re blessed. And he’s nonetheless with us. And we will mend all of the fences nonetheless.
“I believe Johnny’s received so much higher days coming than what he’s had.”
Manziel had a nationwide highlight on him throughout his freshman 2012 marketing campaign with the Aggies. He threw for 3,706 yards with 26 touchdowns to 9 interceptions, whereas dashing for 1,410 yards and 21 touchdowns.
He was a twin risk quarterback who shocked the world when he led the Aggies into Tuscaloosa to face the Alabama Crimson Tide and blew up their highly-ranked protection in probably the most hostile faculty soccer environments within the nation. Texas A&M gained 29-24 that evening, and Manziel threw for 253 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 92 yards to beat the No. 1-ranked crew.
However Manziel admitted his recognition, which appeared to come back instantly throughout that Heisman Trophy season, was arduous to deal with.
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And although it was recognized Manziel handled demons off the sphere, few knew till now simply how low issues received for him.
If you’re having ideas of suicide, name or textual content 988 to achieve the Nationwide Suicide Prevention Lifeline or go to SpeakingOfSuicide.com/sources for a listing of further sources.