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SBD/May 15, 2014/Franchises
Browns Criticized For Rookie Camp Media Ban, Not Embracing Johnny Manziel Frenzy
Published May 15, 2014
EXCITEMENT EXTINGUISHER: In Tampa, Gary Shelton writes the "circus" is in Cleveland, and the Browns "do not want you to look." The team is "dousing water on whatever excitement has come to town." Shelton calls Cleveland's handling of Manziel "amusing" (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 5/15). ESPN's Dan Graziano said, "I understand the idea of controlling the hype, but it can go too far, and if you're Johnny Manziel right now aren't you wondering if your new team even likes you?" He added the Browns are "going a little bit overboard here in terms of the PR effort and honestly, it makes me wonder if this is an organization that is prepared to deal with something like Johnny Manziel" ("NFL Insiders," ESPN, 5/14). ESPN's Bomani Jones: "If you had to get Johnny Manziel and then tell the media to stay away, why in the world did you draft him?" ("Highly Questionable," ESPN2, 5/14). ESPN's Tony Kornheiser said the Browns are being "paternal" by banning the national media, and it is a "foolish exercise in authority." He added, "I'm sure it comes from the owner, Jimmy Haslam, who is very autocratic and he's taking too much responsibility." ESPN's Michael Wilbon called the media ban "the laziest, easiest thing to do" ("PTI," ESPN, 5/14). NFL Network's Amber Theoharis: "It's almost like they're trying to change the guy they knew they drafted" ("NFL Total Access," NFL Network, 5/14).