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Calling Johnny Manziel: Ex-Browns QB Brady Quinn is criticizing behavior in ‘money phone’ video

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 17, 2014

Former Browns quarterback Brady Quinn is not amused by rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel’s latest party-scene antics.

Drafted 22nd overall by the Browns last month, Manziel recently made headlines when a video of him holding a stack of money to his ear and pretending it was a phone hit Instagram and went viral.

“I can't hear,” Manziel said in the video. “There's too much money in my [bleeping] hand. I can’t hear a thing.”

The video not only served as evidence that Manziel partied for the fourth consecutive weekend, but it also struck Quinn as inappropriate.

Drafted 22nd overall by the Browns in 2007, Quinn shared his opinion today during an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio. Quinn began talking about Manziel by saying “he has all the ability in the world,” but then he quickly changed gears and ripped the Heisman Trophy winner’s behavior.

“The thing I’m most worried about is what you’re kind of seeing off the field,” Quinn said. “Some people say you can work hard and play hard. But I think my biggest issue with it is when you’re drafted in the first round, you’re the face of the franchise, and when you’ve got a video that comes out like that, I understand he’s trying to have a good time and live his life off the field, but there’s a little kid watching that, and now he’s looking up to him as a role model. And for me, personally, I have a little bit of an issue with it.

“I don’t think that’s the way you want to conduct yourself. If you’re asking [Browns owner] Jimmy Haslam, ‘Is that really what you want the face of your franchise doing and having out there?’ I just don’t think it’s right. I don’t think it’s respectful to the other veteran players, too, right now who are probably trying to take care of their bodies, trying to prepare to go into a winning season right now instead of doing things like that off the field.

“I always revert back to [Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl-winning quarterback] Russell Wilson only because he’s so young. He’s been so successful, but you see all the time his good works. When he’s out there on camera or out there on Twitter, whatever it is, he’s at a hospital with sick kids, giving them gifts, trying to brighten up their day. That’s the kind of role model I want for my franchise, and I don’t understand why [Manziel] can’t interject more of it into his life. He’s got such a following. So then try to do it in a positive way to help kids who are sick or people who are homeless, whatever it is, but just try to do it in a more positive manner.”


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