LeBron James didn’t get his wish when it came to where his fellow Nike and McDonald’s endorsee Johnny Manziel was selected, but that didn’t stop him from showing support.
Prior to the 2014 NFL Draft, James was on record saying that he wanted the kid dubbed ‘Johnny Football’ to be the first overall selection in the draft.
“Being a huge supporter and friend of Johnny, I want him to go number one,” James stated.
When Manziel didn’t go first overall, James held out hope that the quarterback would be selected by his favorite team, the Dallas Cowboys.
Despite Manziel’s availability, the Cowboys passed on him, and the highly-touted talent fell to 22nd overall, where he was selected by James’ home-state Browns.
Cowboys fan LeBron James on Johnny Manziel: "I was watching in the back and hoping they took him, but..."
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) May 9, 2014
Shane Battier was with LeBron in the training room last night when the Cowboys passed on Johnny Manziel. Battier: "Oh, it was ugly."
— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) May 9, 2014
Only hours after Manziel’s selection, ‘The King’ was spotted sporting a Browns’ Manziel jersey on the Heat’s team plane.
LeBron James in a Browns Manziel jersey — pic.twitter.com/kFFnShnZ4z
— Scott @ WFNY (@WFNYScott) May 9, 2014
It was a solid showing of support between, um, friends, but the Browns hope the newest answer to their quarterback conundrum doesn’t follow his friends’ footsteps out of Cleveland.