"I'm very surprised it's actually a story," Manziel told reporters. "I've been in here every day working extremely hard trying to earn my place and do what I need to do.
"For me to get a free weekend, and get to spend some time with friends and family of mine, and just have fun and relax and get away from the grind a little bit, and then come back to work and do what I'm supposed to do - I don't really feel that's a story.
"For some reason, wherever I go, people want to take pictures. And they think I'm doing something wild when I'm just living a normal life."
Manziel came to prominence during the 2012 college football season, when he ended up winning the Heisman Trophy after being the star man for the Texas A&M Aggies.