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LeBron James models Nike's new Johnny Manziel T-shirt

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 29, 2014

Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel has friends and business partners in high places, and one of them is LeBron James.

Manziel posted a photograph on Instagram Wednesday of James modeling Nike's new "Money Manziel" T-shirt, which carries a $30 price tag and is available for pre-sale on the apparel company's website.

In January, Manziel signed with LRMR Management, the marketing firm run by James' business partner, longtime friend and fellow Akron native Maverick Carter. LRMR and Fenway Sports Management, which partnered together in 2011, are representing Manziel jointly.

The phenom known as Johnny Football explained his decision to align with James' company Wednesday after the Browns' fifth practice of organized team activities.

"I was really close with Maverick Carter," Manziel said. "I got a chance to meet him on a trip to Toronto and got a chance to know him, a guy who I knew a lot about obviously knowing LeBron and a little bit about his story. And when it kind of came time toward the end of the season I didn't know what I'd be doing, but then really when I decided to go turn pro, I kind of got an offer from them. It wasn't like I was with a big group. It was really just LeBron and then Maverick extending the offer out to me. When you look at who the best player in the NBA is right now, you look at LeBron, somebody that is at the top of his game and does so much marketing-wise and so many good things. I felt like if I got the offer extended to me, it was really a no-brainer. And now when you look at it, them being in Akron and being from this area, it's even better."

This isn't the first time James has promoted Manziel's brand.

Manziel recently appeared in a McDonald’s commercial featuring James, a longtime spokesman for the fast-food empire. They greeted each other in the commercial by striking Heisman poses.

And the day after Manziel was drafted 22nd overall on May 8, James was photographed wearing a Manziel Browns jersey on the Miami Heat’s team plane.

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