Thursday, September 18, 2014
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NFL: Manziel says nothing's wrong with his partying

DeSean Jackson
DeSean Jackson
Johnny's gonna play, and Johnny's gonna party.

Tired of scrutiny about how he spends his weekends away from football and drained by the spotlight that follows him, Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel said he has no plans to tone down his lifestyle.

"I don't think I'm doing anything wrong," he said.

Manziel understands it may not be a good look, but he said he's not a party animal.

"I'm going out," he said. "Everybody goes out on the weekends and enjoys their life and lives their life. And just for them, they don't have people that when they walk into a place pull out their phones, and all they want to do is follow me around and record everything. My situation is unique and different, and now more than ever I've seen that it's an every weekend thing wherever I'm at - whether it's in Cleveland on a weekend or in Dallas or anywhere on a weekend - people want to record what I'm doing because they think it's a story.

"Everybody goes out and has fun. Everybody goes out and does that, and I'm not doing anything that's putting myself in a harmful situation."

In the last few days, Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith, Joe Montana, and Warren Moon have all said Manziel should focus on his playing career, and it might help if he curtailed some of the other stuff.

Manziel respects the opinions of the legends but says some of the media reports about him have been distorted.

"Just what's getting out on social media doesn't mean that's all I'm doing in my life," he said. "Just my weekends aren't what I'm doing seven days a week. That's two days out of the week, and there's five to six other days when I'm here at this building going through my playbook and working out just like every other rookie, so nothing that I'm doing on the weekends is affecting my job."

Jackson denies gang ties

Former Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson told ESPN The Magazine he is not affiliated with any gangs and never has been, according to ESPN.com.

Jackson, who was signed by the Washington Redskins after the Eagles released him March 28, faced accusations of gang involvement partly because of his tendency to display alleged gang-related hand gestures.

"If I score a touchdown or make a play, and my boys at home can see me throwing up the area we're from, that's me showing them love" Jackson told the magazine. "They weren't fortunate enough to make it where I'm at. All my friends wanted to be in the NFL growing up, but they weren't able to do that, and I was. That doesn't mean I forgot about them. They're my boys. I grew up with them, and I'm going to give them love."

Clowney played with injury

Houston Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney played through a sports hernia during his last season with South Carolina this past fall, according to an NFL.com report.

Two weeks ago, Clowney had surgery for the injury, which caused him to miss the Texans' mini camp.

Clowney initially denied the injury occurred in college, but he told NFL.com's Gil Brandt Thursday that he played his entire junior season with the injury, which he thought was a minor groin issue. Clowney's agent, Bus Cook, told reporters at the NFL's rookie symposium that Clowney felt the effects of the injury during his pro day on April 2 and almost did not participate.

- Inquirer wire services

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