Mike Pettine defends Johnny Manziel's Las Vegas vacation

Cleveland Browns new head coach Mike Pettine fields questions from the media during a press conference to announce his hiring at the Browns training facility on January 23, 2014
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Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine says that he will only judge Johnny Manziel by what he does on the football field.

Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine has played down the weekend antics of quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Manziel attracted media attention after being pictured alongside New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski and 10 bikini-clad models in Las Vegas, leading to a number of analysts questioning his commitment to his training schedule.

However, Pettine has defended the young Draft pick and stated that his off-field lifestyle will not be scrutinised so long as he is performing his on-field duties correctly.

Pettine told reporters: "Johnny has been great. He's in the playbook. Now if he was out doing something illegal, we'd have an issue. That just comes with the territory of who he is.

"I know he had his iPad with him. And I also know he wasn't using it as a coaster! But I guarantee you there were a lot of other NFL players in Vegas this weekend. And there were a bunch down in South Beach. I know some of our guys were down there, too.

"I can only judge him on what he's done when he's been here. I'm not going to judge him on how he lives outside the building as long as that's not affecting what he does here. And he came back here prepared and he's performed solidly."

Manziel has been promoted to throwing second-string reps during practice, having been training behind Brian Hoyer and Tyler Thigpen last week.

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