The topsy-turvy NFL career of Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel took another turn on Friday when the ABC news affiliate in Cleveland reported he was involved in a domestic argument earlier this week, and alcohol was involved.
Manziel, the second-year Browns quarterback, was involved in an argument with his girlfriend from Texas Christian University, Coleen Crowley, newsnet5.com reported. The incident started at 6 p.m. on Monday, according to the report. According to the police report, Crowley accused him of pushing her head into a car window. According to the police report both Manziel, who spent about 10 weeks in rehab this offseason, and Crowley were drinking but not charged. According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Manziel told police he had two drinks, and his girlfriend was impaired.
The newsnet5.com story, citing the police report, said a witness called police after Manziel’s white Nissan used the shoulder to pass her at a high speed. The couple was arguing and Crowley attempted to exit the vehicle while they were on the road. This is from newsnet5.com:
In the report, Crowley told police Manziel pushed her head into a window. She wanted her cell phone because she was concerned about her safety and said she just wanted to return to Texas.
The report stated police did see an abrasion on Crowley’s arm but later determined that the abrasion was from Manziel’s attempt to keep her from getting out of the vehicle while it was on the road.
On Friday evening, Manziel tweeted an explanation:
Police determined the couple wasn’t intoxicated enough to be charged, Crowley didn’t want to press charges, so they were allowed to leave the scene in Manziel’s car.
Crowley put out a statement on her Instagram account:
“J & I are good. I appreciate the people who stopped to check on us and call the police, I could see how it may have looked. Anytime anyone sees a guy and a girl arguing on the side of a road they should definitely stop, you never know what that could be. Fortunately it was just an argument, it was private, and we are all good!”
The report is troubling in a few ways. Manziel spent time in rehab this offseason for an unspecified reason, and he has asked that the circumstances surrounding that stay in rehab remain private. Manziel’s partying before this year has been often discussed on social media. He was released from rehab in April.
Browns general manager Ray Farmer released a statement, via Cabot:
“We were aware of the situation,” Farmer said in the statement. “It is a matter that we take seriously and have expressed our concerns to Johnny directly. Those conversations will remain private and we will refrain from further comment at this time.”
Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland said that a team spokesman said Manziel will be active for Sunday’s game.
When he was out of rehab he released a statement apologizing to many, including the Browns. This is part of the apology:
“I owe private apologies to a lot of people that I disappointed but a very public one to the Browns organization and the fans that I let down. I take full responsibility for my actions and it’s my intention to work very hard to regain everyone’s trust and respect.
“I understand that will take time and will only happen through what I do and not what I say.”
Manziel got a chance to start in Week 2 because of an injury to starter Josh McCown, and led the Browns to a win. Many thought Manziel should have been given a chance to start for Cleveland going forward, but the Browns stuck with McCown. But Manziel’s NFL future looked much brighter than it had for months.
After this latest incident, it appears again that Manziel might have to start building up trust again in the Browns organization.
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