Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel took a break from organized team activities and bizarre fake lawsuits to party it up in Las Vegas over the Memorial Day weekend. It was the kind of holiday weekend one might expect from Johnny Football, complete with celebrity pals, ringside seats, bikini-clad women and a few adult beverages. Manziel - who mostly worked with the third-team offense behind Brian Hoyer and Tyler Thigpen in organized team activities last week - had ringside seats Saturday night at the UFC 173 fights at the MGM Grand. He hung out with Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski at a pool party, partied with D.J. Diplo at the Encore Beach Club at The Wynn and sprayed champagne around a nightclub as captured by a video on TMZ Sports. But hey, the Browns knew what came with the territory when they drafted Manziel, and haven't shied away from the Johnny Football persona. "He's almost like the Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth throwback -- he's a guy's guy," Farmer told 92.3 The Fan on Wednesday. "When you see him he's having fun, he's partying, he's doing his thing. I think people are attracted to the fact that not only does he make plays and is a really good athlete...he's a really good player, but he lives life. "I think the fact that he lives life is what brings people circling back to who Johnny Football really is." But Farmer also cautioned that Manziel will have to know his limits. "There's definitely a benefit to allowing Johnny to be Johnny,'' he said. "But he's got to understand the pro game and be able to apply that to having success in this league.'' Manziel vowed during his introductory press conference the day after the draft that he'd tone down the "Johnny'' and focus on the "Football.'' "For me, I know I need to put all my time right now into maintaining my life in football and trying to be as good of a quarterback as possible,'' he said. "Everything else is extra and really -- there's no time for it right now. I'm very committed to expanding my knowledge of the game and getting better as a quarterback. That's my focus right now." It was evident the day after the draft, when a photo of Manziel's private post-draft celebration in New York City made TMZ headlines, that the spotlight will continue to follow him wherever he goes.
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