The Johnny Manziel soap opera has made its way to Cowtown.
The embattled Cleveland Browns quarterback was seen Saturday evening at Kings Liquor in Fort Worth, according to Theresa Swinney, assistant manager at the store at 2810 W. Berry St., not far from TCU.
Swinney said she and her colleagues quickly recognized Manziel. He bought a $120 bottle of Don Julio Tequila, part of a total purchase of “under $200.” She said he paid with a credit card with his name on it.
“He was in a really good mood,” said Swinney, who said she waited on the former Heisman Trophy winner from Texas A&M.
Reports of his stop at the liquor store were also posted on Facebook, drawing such comments as “at least he’s consistent at something.”
It’s not known what he was doing in Fort Worth, but Manziel has been dating a TCU student.
In January 2015, following his rookie season with the Browns, Manziel entered an alcohol and drug treatment center. In a public statement released in April, Manziel apologized to the Browns and their fans, saying that what he had “learned in the last couple of months has been tremendous.”
Manziel’s future in the NFL is uncertain.
Some believe that he has worn out his welcome in Cleveland, while others speculate that he’s going to end up a member of the Dallas Cowboys as Tony Romo’s apprentice.
Manziel has been in and out of trouble in Cleveland all season and caught all sorts of social media grief for not showing up for medical treatment the day of the season-ending loss to Pittsburgh. Earlier this month NBA superstar LeBron James dropped Manziel as a client from LMR management, which had handled Manziel’s endorsement deals.
After Cleveland fired head coach Mike Pettine and replaced him with Hue Jackson, the former Heisman winner’s future became even more cloudy.
During an interview on Sirius XM NFL radio Friday, Jackson said that “outside of all of the physical characteristics that we look for in a quarterback, the thing I’m looking for is the guy that’s going to be the face of the franchise,” according to The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer.
He went on to say he wants a quarterback “that’s all-consumed with one thing — being the best quarterback that he can be, and being the best leader he can be. That’s the kind of guy I’m looking for.”
Swinney, the assistant manager at Kings, noted that Manziel “said he was enjoying the weather.”
The low is expected to be 13 degrees Sunday in Cleveland, compared with 31 in Fort Worth.