Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) watches from the sidelines in the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Dec. 14, 2014, in Cleveland, Ohio.
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Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel enters rehab: Spokesperson

Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel entered treatment on Wednesday, according to a family spokesperson.

“Johnny knows there are areas in which he needs to improve in order to be a better family member, friend and teammate and he thought the offseason was the right time to take this step,” Manziel family attorney Brad Beckworth said.

“On behalf of Johnny and his family, we’re asking for privacy until he rejoins the team in Cleveland.”

Browns general manager Ray Farmer said in a statement that he and the team support Manziel’s decision.

“We respect Johnny’s initiative in this decision and will fully support him throughout this process. Our players’ health and well-being will always be of the utmost importance to the Cleveland Browns,” Farmer said.

“We continually strive to create a supportive environment and provide the appropriate resources, with our foremost focus being on the individual and not just the football player. Johnny’s privacy will be respected by us during this very important period and we hope that others will do the same.”

The story originally appeared on NBC Sports

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