Johnny Manziel has done it again

Sometimes, you have to wonder whether to feel sorry for Johnny Manziel, given all that has happened to him in the NFL offseason, or to decry him as the NFL's answer to Justin Bieber — ayoung man well-known in his field,yetwasting his talent through drink, drugs, and troubles with the law. But regardless of which side of the fence you’re on, the man still known as “Johnny Football” has gotten into hot water once again, as he will be serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

A source familiar with the situation told ESPN Thursday that the 23-year-old Manziel will be suspended for the first four games of the 2016 NFL season, assuming he signs with a team in the offseason.

He may, however, face additional sanctions relating to previous flaps with the law, including charges of allegedly abusing his ex-girlfriend. Manziel is currently a free agent, after the Cleveland Browns released him following an inconsistent two years as their potential franchise quarterback.

A source close to Manziel told ESPN that Manziel is doing his best to stay sober over the summer, even as his father Paul again expressed concerns about his son’s lifestyle choices, calling him a “druggie” and even suggesting that a prison sentence might be what he needs to straighten out.

"I do believe he's serious," remarked the unnamed source, speaking to ESPN on Wednesday. "He's talked for a while about knuckling down, getting ready and working out.

It's more about health and having options and feeling good. If that works out for this season, great. But if not, that's OK too."

The source, however, said that Manziel appears to be “partying too much” for someone who’s trying to get sober, and that it’s not sure whether the quarterback would need another stint in rehab.

Last week, Paul Manziel told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that his son had “escaped” from rehab, not long after he was checked into a clinic earlier this year.

At this point in Manziel's career,it's hard to believe reports that he's trying to sort his life out — we've heard it all before, and we know what happened after those half-meant or unmeant apologies and promises.

But if he really is serious in his plans to sober up, the story of Johnny Football mightbe taking a new turn, and might not be bound for a tragic ending after all.

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