Typically, athletes and celebrities move on from their marketing companies and not the other way around. Unfortunately, in the case of Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, he has been dumped by LeBron James’ marketing agency, as Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com writes.
“We’ve decided to end our formal business relationship with Johnny,” said Maverick Carter, James’ long-time friend and business partner who runs LRMR. “I will continue to support and advise him as a friend. However, because Johnny needs to focus on personal growth, the next phase of his career and because LRMR continues to expand beyond marketing, we made the mutual decision that it was best to terminate our business relationship.”
Sources close to LRMR maintain that the firm is shifting toward more of a focus on managing James’ other business ventures and that a parting of ways with Manziel as a client has been planned for a while. However, Manziel’s most recent weekend of partying has apparently bumped up that timeline. To read more about LeBron’s on-court business, head to our sister site, HoopsRumors.com.
Here’s a glance at some news from around the NFL:
- If Saints quarterback Drew Brees has his way, then he won’t be going anywhere. “I plan on playing in New Orleans for as long as my career goes…and I don’t plan on playing for another coach,” Brees told WWL (via Saints on Twitter). On Wednesday, the Saints and Sean Payton hammered things out with the coach pledging to stay in New Orleans. Brees, meanwhile, is due a $30MM cap hold as he enters the final year of the five-year, $100MM deal he inked in 2012 and there has been lots of speculation about his future with the team.
- Sheldon White, the Lions‘ interim GM, is scheduled to interview for the team’s GM position on Friday, Josina Anderson of ESPN.com tweets.
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