Johnny Manziel was back in court after failing to meet one of his plea deal obligations. Manziel blamed the NFL for failure, via TMZ:
I don't necessarily always believe in what the NFL does and have a lot of trust with them based on past situations... based on other players how they've gotten treated.
If "trending upward" means blaming the NFL for screwing up part of your plea deal, then yeah you're trending upward. It's also a great way to get back into the league.