Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel appears to be headed down a path of self-destruction, but a WWE Hall of Famer, who has been there himself, is trying to steer him back on course.
Jake “The Snake” Roberts has famously battled a drug and alcohol addiction for most of his life, something was chronicled in the pro wrestling documentary Beyond The Mat. Roberts managed to turn his life around and get sober with the help of another pro wrestler (Diamond Dallas Page) and now wants to take his own turn as mentor.
Roberts told SI.com’s Justin Barrasso that he has made multiple attempts to contact Manziel, but so far hasn’t heard back.
“He’s not coming along, but I’ll keep reaching out,” Roberts said. “I just wonder how much more he’s going to have to suffer before he does something about it.
“He just made the news again. I’ve been there, I understand, so that’s why I wish he would contact me. I wish I could give him some pointers and maybe I could help him out. I don’t know how much more he can take before he dies.”
@JManziel2 yeah I get it. Rehab felt like a waste. Look at what’s on your plate— shit!!! Let’s just talk??? I know I can help. Call me
— JakeSnakeDDT (@JakeSnakeDDT) April 20, 2016
Controversy has followed Manziel for much of his college and pro career. At first it was a simple concern that he enjoyed the nightlife a little too much, but that has quickly turned into genuine concern for his health. He has since been involved in a domestic violence incident with his ex-girlfriend, was dropped by Nike and his agent Drew Rosenhaus, was released by the Browns, and, most recently, was accused of causing over $30,000 worth of damage to a rented Hollywood house after a weekend of drug-fueled parties.
Manziel’s father also has expressed concern for his son’s lifestyle, saying publicly that he doesn’t expect him to live much longer if he doesn’t seek some sort of treatment or help. Manziel released a statement on Tuesday, claiming that he is “taking care of the issues” in front of him so that he can figure out whether he will play in the NFL in 2016.