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Lawyer: Manziel trashed house

It has been another bad week for Johnny Manziel.

The former Heisman Trophy-winning QB from Texas A&M is accused of causing "extensive damage" during parties at a Los Angeles home that he rented in early April, according to multiple reports.

ESPN obtained a letter Friday from an attorney representing the owner of the property who wrote that "evidence suggests" that the former Browns quarterback and his friends "were consuming drugs and alcohol."

Attorney Niki Ghazian wrote that the owner is seeking $31,580, including $19,580 in damage-replacement fees.

Nicholas Goodwin, who works for LA Exotic Life, a company that rents vacation properties, rented the $4.5 million house to Manziel. The Los Angeles Police Department was called on April 6, according to Ghazian.

Goodwin told the New York Post's Page Six he returned to the house to find it trashed and Manziel crashed on the sofa at 2 p.m. He said, "They were supposed to check out at noon. Manziel was passed out. … There was cocaine all over the kitchen table, and mushrooms were still out on the table in front of him. There was booze everywhere … broken glasses over the floor and a champagne glass in a tree."

The damages, according to the letter, include "extensive burn marks from cigarettes and marijuana" found on the floor, wine stains, a broken glass table and a broken door.

Earlier in the week, Manziel's second agent, Drew Rosenhaus, known for taking bad apples under his wing, said he is finished with Manziel unless Manziel seeks treatment within five days. It is believed Rosenhaus, known for great patience with clients and giving them a lot of latitude, has never fired a client in 27 years.

Rosenhaus said Friday that Manziel has not made any movement in the right direction. Manziel's father said in February that his son won't live to see 24 if he doesn't get help.

Manziel, 23, has a long list of problems, including legal issues. The No. 22 overall pick in the 2014 draft was finally cut by the Browns on March 11 and is seeking another job.

Troubled Browns receiver Josh Gordon came to Manziel's rescue last weekend, picking him up after he was a passenger in a car involved in an alleged hit-and-run in Los Angeles, according to TMZ Sports website.

The incident was reported just hours after the site captured Manziel on video as he was heading into The Nice Guy nightclub for what he said was the fifth or sixth night in a row.

Slurring his words, Manziel claimed that he was living with Broncos linebacker Von Miller, another A&M alumnus — a statement he later retracted and for which he apologized — and that he wasn't drunk.

There have been reports, later denied, that Manziel was living with Gordon in Los Angeles. Gordon is serving an indefinite suspension by the NFL for repeatedly violating its substance-abuse policies.

HARVIN MAKES RETIREMENT OFFICIAL: Percy Harvin is retiring after seven seasons, the receiver's agent, Joel Segal, confirmed. Harvin, 27, played five games for the Bills last season before being placed on injured reserve with lingering hip and knee injuries. The Bills were Harvin's third team in two years after he was traded by the Seahawks to the Jets during the 2014 season. The Vikings drafted Harvin in the first round in 2009 out of Florida, and he was the AP offensive rookie of the year. Harvin helped the Seahawks win the Super Bowl in 2014 when he returned the opening kickoff of the second half for a TD. But he only played in five regular-season games and had run-ins with teammates before being traded to the Jets the next season.

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