More Johnny Manziel weirdness, as his Von Miller claim is refuted

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Johnny Manziel's story sounded great, and maybe that's why he said it.

Manziel talked to TMZ when he was stopped on the street outside a nightclub in Hollywood, and during a somewhat rambling interview Manziel revealed he is living with fellow Texas A&M legend Von Miller, the Denver Broncos' star linebacker.

"I'm living out here with my guy, Von Miller," Manziel told TMZ. "Everybody knows Von Miller. Super Bowl MVP. Von Miller, my brother. I'm living with him right now. We're getting our lives together."

Given how Miller committed to football after a bit of a rough stretch that included a six-game suspension in 2013, that seemed like a solid development for Manziel in an offseason that hasn't offered much positive news for the former Cleveland Browns quarterback.

The only issue is, it reportedly wasn't true.

Mike Klis of 9 News in Denver spoke with someone close to Miller, and it turns out that Manziel isn't living with Miller. Miller is in Los Angeles and is being housed by "Dancing With the Stars," the ABC show he's appearing on. DWTS is not housing Manziel. Manziel and Miller are living in the same city but not in the same place, Klis reported. By that standard, Manziel is also living with Clayton Kershaw, Jonathan Quick, Vin Scully, Kobe Bryant, the Kardashians and 10 million others who live in Los Angeles County.

ESPN reported on Monday that Manziel wasn't living with Miller, but with suspended Browns receiver Josh Gordon instead. Miller posted a photoshopped picture of him and Manziel on his Instagram account, and confirmed Manziel isn't staying with him, but he maintained his support for his fellow Aggie. 

"Johnny's not staying with me but he is my BROTHER! Like I've said a thousand times, I got his back no matter what!" Miller wrote. 

 

It's just another weird tale in Manziel's career path. If we can even call it a career at the moment.

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Manziel was cut by the Browns after two rocky years. He still has a domestic violence assault case pending in Dallas. There have been many sightings of his late-night revelry this offseason. He seemed quite comfortable talking to TMZ, which makes sense considering how often he has appeared on TMZ lately. The only remote sign that a team might be interested in Manziel was the story last week that Broncos coach Gary Kubiak talked to him, but that story was refuted quickly and it was plainly obvious that it was a desperate attempt by Manziel's agent to get his name out there with any connection to an NFL team.

"Anywhere I get picked up, bro, is a blessing," Manziel told TMZ when he was asked about the Broncos. "Somewhere, bro. Whatever happens, I love ball. I want to play. That's the team I want to go to."

Manziel seems to have support from Miller, who said if he was in charge of the Broncos, Manziel would be on Denver's roster already. But the Broncos worked at a breakneck pace to refute any notion they were thinking about signing him, so don't expect that to happen soon.

The list of concerns is still the same. Manziel hasn't shown he's committed to being a good NFL quarterback, and he has not played all that well when given a chance. He has spent time in rehab but this offseason he has been seen going out at a remarkable rate.

"There's a difference between partying and getting out of control," Manziel told TMZ. 

Perhaps, but it's not like any team seeing his latest TMZ interview is going to think Manziel is closer to being a reliable NFL quarterback. The idea that he was living with Miller turned out to just be another weird twist in the story when it was reported that wasn't the case.

Manziel could use something positive to maybe get the ball rolling back toward reviving his NFL career. His claim about living with Miller wasn't it.

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Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdown.corner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!