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Johnny Manziel passenger in hit-and-run; agent terminates his contract

Published: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 @ 8:59 PM
Updated: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 @ 8:59 PM

Johnny Manziel's agent Drew Rosenhaus terminated his contract Wednesday with the former Cleveland Browns quarterback - the same day a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman said Manziel was involved in a Saturday hit-and-run accident.

Drew Rosenhaus told Adam Schefter of ESPN he had terminated his standard representation with Manziel, but will rescind it if the quarterback enters a treatment facility within the next five days. Rosenhaus' representation of Manziel was contingent on the quarterback entering treatment, which he has refused.

"I have informed him that if he takes the immediate steps I have outlined for him, that I will rescind the termination and continue to represent him," Rosenhaus told Schefter. "Otherwise, the termination will become permanent."

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Rosenhaus, an NFL agent for 27 years, has never fired a player.

Manziel was a passenger in a car that was involved in a hit-and-run incident on April 9. The former Heisman Trophy winner was riding with Ryan Silverstein, a friend, when  Silverstein drove into a light pole, according to the LAPD. Both Silverstein and Manziel left the scene. Manziel left on foot and was eventually given a ride by former teammate and suspended Browns receiver Josh Gordon, according to The former first-round pick eventually returned to the scene of the accident. The LAPD said an investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed.

The website said Manziel hoped to play in the NFL in 2016, but that likely won't happen if he remains terminated by Rosenhaus.

The incident happened the same day Manziel was recorded saying he was rooming with Denver Broncos star Von Miller, which is untrue.

The Browns drafted Manziel late in the first-round of the 2014 draft, sparking hopes the crafty and creative quarterback could duplicate in the NFL the record-breaking success he had at Texas A&M. Manziel struggled off the field for two years and had limited playing time. He was released by the Browns on March 11. The NFL has yet to rule if Manziel violated the personal conduct policy as a Dallas grand jury investigates if he assaulted his former girlfriend.