Johnny Manziel’s agent announced that he has parted ways with the Cleveland Browns quarterback.
Erik Burkhardt released a statement on Friday saying he will no longer represent "Johnny Football," citing failed attempts from himself and others to get Manziel to seek help.
It is with deep regret that, after several emotional and very personal discussions with his family, his doctors, and my client himself, I have made the decision to terminate my professional relationship with Johnny Manziel.
Though I will remain a friend and Johnny supporter, and he knows I have worked tirelessly to arrange a number of professional options for him to continue to pursue, it has become painfully obvious that his future rests solely in his own hands. His family and I have gone to great lengths to outline the steps we feel he must take to get his life in order. Accountability is the foundation of any relationship, and without it the function of my work is counterproductive.
I truly wish the best for Johnny and sincerely hope he can, and will, find the kind of peace and happiness he deserves.
Manziel, 24, has been mired in controversy through most of his short NFL career. The latest incident occurred last weekend after a woman describing herself as his ex-girlfriend said they had been involved in a disturbance. The former girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, alleges that he hit her repeatedly at a Dallas hotel and while driving her to her Fort Worth home on Jan. 29, according to a report released by Fort Worth police Thursday.
Burkhardt isn't the first to end business ties with Manziel. Cavaliers star LeBron James' marketing agency ended its association with him last month.
The Browns released a statement Tuesday saying they were troubled by Manziel's "continual involvement in incidents" and the team plans to release him in March.
“We’ve been clear about expectations for our players on and off the field,” Sashi Brown, the team’s executive vice president for football operations, said. “Johnny’s continual involvement in incidents that run counter to those expectations undermines the hard work of his teammates and the reputation of our organization. His status with our team will be addressed when permitted by league rules. We will have no further comment at this time.”