But that doesn’t mean LeBron didn’t try to help first.
Each person interviewed—Browns and Texas A&M coaches and teammates, close friends, family friends and lawyers—expressed frustration with Manziel, sharing stories that depicted a lack of commitment and a culture of enablement. They all wondered where it went wrong. They also wonder what else could have possibly been done to save Manziel from himself. As one of his former coaches says: “When he had LeBron James as a mentor, texting him all the time, hanging out at his house watching football, and Johnny didn’t listen to his advice? That’s when I knew he had a problem.”
LeBron might not be a perfect mentor, his passive-aggressiveness sometimes doing more harm than good. But LeBron has handled mega-fame incredibly well, staying focused and driven in the midst of the massive amounts of attention that surrounds him.
If there were anyone positioned to help Manziel with that challenge, it’s LeBron (though Manziel probably needs help in other areas, too).
By the way, once Manziel rejected that help, LeBron turned the tables and cracked a joke at Manziel’s expense.