Freshly out of rehab, Johnny Maziel released a statement on Friday. You can read it below (courtesy of the Cleveland Browns’ website):

Manziel takes in a Rangers game in Texas on Tuesday after his release from rehab
Manziel takes in a Rangers game in Texas on Tuesday after his release from rehab

“I would like to thank my family, friends, the Browns organization, my teammates, and Browns fans everywhere, for your patience, understanding, and support during my stay at Caron. The doctors and staff have been amazing and what I’ve learned in the last couple of months has been tremendous. I owe private apologies to a lot of people that I disappointed but a very public one to the Browns organization and the fans that I let down. I take full responsibility for my actions and it’s my intention to work very hard to regain everyone’s trust and respect. I understand that will take time and will only happen through what I do and not what I say. I also understand there’s a lot of curiosity about this but anyone who has a friend or family-member that’s been through things like this knows it’s an ongoing process. I’m going to continue to ask folks to try to respect my privacy as I determine to what degree I am comfortable talking about a subject which I consider very personal. Most of you have been considerate about that and I thank you for it. I look forward to seeing my teammates next week and focusing on football and my desire to be the best possible player, teammate, and man that I can be.”

I like Johnny Football. He’s a knuckle head, but I like him. Seems like a decent enough guy — although Aaron Hernandez is a reminder that we really don’t know these guys at all.

I think Johnny is being genuine when he apologizes, and is telling the truth when he says that he’s going to work hard to regain everyone’s trust. I just don’t see it happening. How many freaking times have we seen pictures of him doing things he’s not suppose to be doing? It seemed like almost every weekend at one point.

The perks of being in the NFL are that you get to enjoy vacations and party every once in a while, but he made it his life. I’m not judging him. Honestly, the temptation would be crazy and I would probably make some horrible decisions too. But this guy is coming off an unsuccessful rookie season that he spent partying while everyone else was working hard on being a professional.

He’s already a step behind the competition, which is going to make it all that much harder to make something of himself. I give him credit for going to rehab. But for now, it’s still just the one responsible decision we’ve seen him make in comparison to countless questionable ones. He needs a mentor, and fast with team workouts starting next week. Until he actually sees how hard the Tom Brady’s and Peyton Manning’s of the world are working, he’ll never understand what it takes in a league like the NFL.

I wish you luck, Johnny Football. But I’m going to need to see it to believe it.

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