CLEVELAND-- On Wednesday, several Browns players said there's "more than meets the surface" in regards to the demotion of Johnny Manziel to third string.
On Thursday, it appears as if we know why.
Manziel, according to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, lied to the Browns coaches and staff about the video in which he's seen partying and tipped off his fellow partygoers to do the same.
When approached about the video after vowing to the team that he wouldn't "embarrass" the organizaiton, Manziel indicated that the video of him holding champagne and rapping was old.
On Tuesday, when the initial demotion was announced, Mike Pettine said that he was still "gathering information" about the video and said that he and Manziel had discussed it earlier in the week.
Low and behold, it would appear that Pettine got the necessary informationt to ensure that the video was taken over the Browns' bye week, he demoted Manziel with the blessing of GM Ray Farmer and owner Jimmy Haslam.
Here's what Glazer said about the information he received regarding Manziel.
"He lied to the Cleveland Browns, and what I mean by that is, he told the Browns that the video was old," Glazer said. "And then, making it worse, he called the people involved with that and said, 'Hey, cover this up for me, make sure they think it's old as well.' That is why Johnny Manziel has been demoted all the way to number three."
Josh McCown will start at quarterback for the Browns on Monday night, when they take on the Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium.
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