September 22, 2014

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Browns: Johnny Manziel, Justin Bieber hang out

The inflatable swan and money phone have been replaced.

And surpassed.

Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel had a new partying companion Monday — Justin Bieber, the bad boy of pop music.

Manziel retweeted photos of him alongside Bieber and boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, and TMZ Sports reported the party at Bieber’s Beverly Hills, California, condominium ended after police were called to the property twice early Tuesday morning.

The report stated the police spoke to someone at the residence, but not Bieber, on a noise complaint and the music was turned down. The police returned after a complaint about a pack of young girls screaming in front of Bieber’s house.

Manziel, 21, was adamant last week when he told reporters at the NFL Rookie Symposium he wouldn’t alter his partying lifestyle in his free time. The symposium ended Saturday, Manziel filmed a commercial in Cleveland on Sunday, then flew to California and began cutting loose. He’s not due back for training camp until late July.

“I’m not going to change who I am for anybody,” Manziel said Friday. “I’m growing up and continuing to learn from my mistakes and trying not to make the same ones over and over again. But am I going to live in a shell or am I just going to hide from everybody and not do anything? I don’t think that’s the way I should live my life, and I’m not going to do it.

“I’m very committed to football. I’m committed to my job, but on the weekends, I’m going to enjoy my time off. I think we deserve it. We work hard here. So I am going to enjoy my time off. That’s, I think, what everybody else does, and that’s what I should do.”

Manziel’s first two months with the Browns since being drafted with the No. 22 pick included two minicamps and OTAs, but he’s received the most attention for his off-field practices. He partied in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and across Texas in his first three free weekends, and many of the moments were captured on camera.

He sprayed champagne into the crowd at a nightclub, floated in a pool on an inflatable swan with a bottle in his hand and used a block of dollar bills as a phone in a video featuring an f-bomb. At Bieber’s he also hung out with actor/producer Tyrese Gibson and rapper Tyga, then sent the pictures to his 1.04 million Twitter followers.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported last week the “money phone” video “did not sit well with” owner Jimmy Haslam and Manziel was told to tone it down. Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith and Joe Montana have expressed the same opinion.

“Those are Hall of Famers, guys that I’ve grown up watching play and that I absolutely respect and who have been through this and know what’s going on,” Manziel said. “Just because of what’s reported in the media or what’s getting out on social media doesn’t mean that’s all I’m doing in my life. My weekends aren’t what I’m doing seven days a week. That’s two days out of the week and there’s five to six other days when I’m here at this building going through my playbook and working out just like every other rookie is, so nothing that I’m doing on the weekends is affecting my job. Nothing on the weekends that I’m doing is hopefully hurting any of my teammates in the locker room.”

He also expressed frustration that those teammates continue to get asked about his off-field behavior, and suggested he might be able to soften the spotlight without changing his partying ways.

“They’re tired of the hype, which I am as well,” Manziel said. “So I’m sitting there seeing these things, and I’m tired of it as well. I want to wake up one week and not have my name going through something, and I’m working on getting better at that.

“But if I want to go home and spend time with my friends or go out and enjoy my weekends, I absolutely have the right to do that.”

Including quality time with Bieber.

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