LeBron James’ marketing agency cut ties with maligned Cleveland Browns’ quarterback Johnny Manziel.
Manziel’s whereabouts last weekend is still a mystery. Was he drinking and gambling in Las Vegas or was he just cuddling with his dog in Ohio while recovering from a concussion he suffered after he rushed for 108 yards in a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs?
But this is where it gets really interesting. ESPN Las Vegas, citing an unnamed source, reported that Manziel was at a Planet Hollywood in Sin City, but he wasn’t himself. Manziel was spotted wearing a blonde wig, a fake mustache, glasses and a hoodie and he introduced himself as “Billy.”
But maybe due to a concussion, he was not able to stay in character and ended up paying with his card and signing the check.
Okay, that was entertaining and I hope Will Burge of WTAM 1100 would give us the pleasure of showing the video of blondie Billy partying.
But on a serious note, Manziel’s football career may be at a crossroads as he continues to deal with personal issues.
LRMR Marketing, an agency run by the NBA star Lebron James and his friend Maverick Carter, announced that it has ended its formal business relationship with Manziel.
“We’ve decided to end our formal business relationship with Johnny,” Maverick Carter told Cleveland.com. “I will continue to support and advise him as a friend. However, because Johnny needs to focus on personal growth, the next phase of his career and because LRMR continues to expand beyond marketing, we made the mutual decision that it was best to terminate our business relationship.”
The reports came after James expressed his concerns about Manziel, who hasn’t been able to stem his string of off-field incidents.
“I’m more concerned with him individually,” said James. “I don’t know all the details on it. I haven’t been all up on it, but I’ve heard a little bit of it. It’s a distraction not only for himself but for everyone that’s around him, including family, people that represent him. He’ll figure it out at some point.”
Fenway Sports Management, which has a management partnership deal with LRMR, is also parting ways with Manziel.