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Johnny Manziel shares insight on how awful his depression was

Thankfully, he seems to be in a better place now.

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Former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel made a shocking admission in the new Netflix documentary titled "Untold: Johnny Football" in which he says he attempted to take his own life shortly after being cut by the Browns in 2016.

The former Heisman Trophy winner at Texas A&M was selected by the Browns in Round 1 of the 2014 NFL Draft, but things didn't work out for him at the highest level.

By 2016 after reports surfaced that he was under investigation for a domestic violence incident with his ex-girlfriend, the Browns announced that Manziel violated "expectations for our players on and off the field" and that they intended to cut ties with him "as soon as permitted by league rules". The Browns released him on March 11, 2016.

During a recent interview with Shannon Sharpe, Manziel revealed that his depression was at a level that even personal invitations by LeBron James weren't working. 

"I remember - this is how bad off I was whenever I was in Cleveland - LeBron would text me every week to come over to the house, watch a game, play poker with the boys and just tried to be there," he said. "And I was so depressed for the first time in my life that even my biggest role model and inspiration in my life couldn't get me out of bed to hang out with him. When I went to the Cavs games. I went, I was in, I was out." 

"I didn't really latch on to him in a way I should have. He tries to take me under his wing, and I just kind of nudge it away because of where my mental is and being just fully depressed where I was in my life. Is that an excuse? Absolutely not." 

Thankfully, Manziel seems to have a better control of things in his life now. 

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