Despite his comments to the contrary, there's virtually no chance Johnny Manzielwill find himself on an NFL roster in 2016. And even if by some miracle it does happen, he'll no longer be affiliated with Nike. The company has terminated his contract two years after it signed him, according to CNBC.com's Jessica Golden. The Associated Press reports Nike confirmed Tuesday that it no longer has an endorsement deal with Manziel.
TMZ.com reported in January, two months before the Browns released Manziel, that Nike could cut ties with the 2014 first-round pick. And Golden tweeted on Tuesday that Nike terminated Manziel's deal several months ago.
In addition to Nike, LeBron James' marketing agency dumped Manziel earlier this year, and on Tuesday, Manziel's was fired by his second agent in three months.
Maverick Carter, who runs James' agency, said in January that they were parting ways with Manziel because the quarterback needed to focus on "personal growth."
"We've decided to end our formal business relationship with Johnny," Carter said at the time. "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."
Drew Rosenhaus, the latest agent to disassociate himself with Manziel, issued a similar message last Friday.
"Unfortunately there hasn't been any movement toward getting help or seeking treatment that I'm aware of," Rosenhaus said. "I'm trying diligently to recommend this to Johnny. I'm not the first one, certainly not the only one. There are a lot of friends and family and people that want the best for this young man. He's got a plan, it's just different than the one he and I talked about and what I would recommend to him."
By Tuesday afternoon, Manziel had issued this statement: "I'm hoping to take care of the issues in front of me right now so I can focus on what I have to do if I want to play in 2016. I also continue to be thankful to those who really know me and support me."
And Manziel's spokesperson, Denise Michaels, reiterated that the quarterback wants to play this season.
"So many people only have one image of Jonathan but, believe it or not, he takes all this very seriously," she said. "He's hoping that he can clear up his personal issues, start interviewing agents and see what he needs to do if he wants to play this year."
But Manziel's actions don't reflect those of a person focused on his professional career. He was in Los Angeles earlier this month, where he and his friends reportedly trashed a $4.5 million West Hollywood home after two days of partying. And over the weekend, Manziel and suspended Browns wide receiver Josh Gordonwere seen partying at Coachella.
Meanwhile, ESPN.com's Darren Rovell reports that Panini, which signed Manziel to an exclusive autograph deal, is the only company actively marketing the former Heisman Trophy winner -- though they "recently slashed prices on Manziel-signed Browns items."