Manziel: 'I was self-medicating with alcohol'

Manziel: 'I was self-medicating with alcohol'

Where did that get me except out of the NFL?

Johnny Manziel joined Good Morning America Monday morning to discuss his "huge downfall" and his potential comeback.

And according to a report from ESPN that had more quotes from the interview, Manziel said he was diagnosed as bipolar a year ago and is taking medication for the condition. That's what I thought was making me happy and helping me get out of that depression to a point of where I felt like I had some sense of happiness.

Manziel, now 25, burst upon the scene with Texas A&M in 2012 becoming the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy.

"I saw the trickle-down effects of what I was doing in my life, that were meaningless and pointless and selfish", Manziel said. And he was a first-round pick by the Cleveland Browns in 2014.

He said it's hard "watching other guys do what I want to be doing" while he's "sitting on a couch being a loser". But I know that if I stay on the meds and continue to what I'm doing right now, I think my dad, my mom, Bre, I think would all agree that they've seen a drastic change. What did that get me? "I don't know what to say other than my son is a druggie and he needs help". "At the end of the day, I can't help that my wires are a little bit differently crossed than yours". "What did that get me?"

Manziel was charged with domestic assault in April of 2016 and the victim, then-girlfriend Colleen Crowley, said in court documents that Manziel struck her so hard that she temporarily lost hearing in one ear and that he threatened to kill her. Manziel faced a year in jail but the domestic assault charge was dismissed last November when he successfully completed requirements of a court agreement that included taking an anger management course and participating in the NFL's substance-abuse program.

Manziel says he's been working out and trying to convince some National Football League team to give him a second chance.

"The question is, is that sustainable and will that be the case going forward?" As I wrote earlier, it doesn't really matter to lots of fans if he plays again or not.

"But at the end of the day it's to be seen", he added. I'm doing my job, and I'm going to move on.

"I'm coming back from a huge downfall".

With respect to his potential football comeback, Manziel isn't sure what that will look like, but he knows he ultimately wants to return to the game that brought him so much joy.

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