Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel's off-field reputation took another hit Saturday, as he was reportedly involved in an altercation with his ex-girlfriend.
According to Omar Villafranca of CBS News, police in Fort Worth, Texas, confirmed the incident but said the signal-caller was not arrested:
Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal provided a statement from Fort Worth Police:
More on Johnny Manziel incident from police: pic.twitter.com/Bwg7G9VmiC— Nate Ulrich (@NateUlrichABJ) January 30, 2016
More information from police on Johnny Manziel incident (continued): pic.twitter.com/aYJ1hp2k3p— Nate Ulrich (@NateUlrichABJ) January 30, 2016
Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reported Colleen Elizabeth Crowley told police Manziel "struck her several times and seemed to be on drugs." Manziel told Crowley "shut up or I'll kill us both," according to WFAA8 in Dallas.
Manziel told TMZ he denies the allegations and said, "I'm completely stable. I'm safe and secure."
On Tuesday, Browns executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown released a statement on Manziel:
We've been clear about expectations for our players on and off the field. Johnny's continual involvement in incidents that run counter to those expectations undermines the hard work of his teammates and the reputation of our organization. His status with our team will be addressed when permitted by league rules. We will have no further comment at this time.
ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert noted the team cannot release Manziel any sooner than next week, per league rules.
Ulrich provided a statement from Dallas Police:
Statement from Dallas police regarding Johnny Manziel incident: pic.twitter.com/UuXLSn2wB3— Nate Ulrich (@NateUlrichABJ) January 30, 2016
The 23-year-old former Heisman Trophy winner threw for 1,500 yards, seven touchdowns and five interceptions in six starts (nine games) for the Browns this season.
This isn't the first time police have gotten involved after an incident between Manziel and Crowley. According to ESPN.com's Pat McManamon, Manziel was pulled over near Cleveland in October after he and Crowley engaged in an argument.
The former Texas A&M standout admitted to drinking earlier in the day, and Crowley allegedly told police he had pushed her head against the window, but Manziel was not arrested.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network noted NFL security met Manziel and his family along with his ex-girlfriend and her family during the investigation and will circle back with them.
Also, a report from ESPN Las Vegas radio host Mitch Moss emerged alleging Manziel wore a disguise while partying in Las Vegas late in the season.
Manziel was seemingly on thin ice after all those incidents, and that reached another level when Cleveland hired Hue Jackson as its head coach Jan. 13. McManamon reported Thursday that Jackson had yet to talk to the former first-round pick.
That furthered the expectation the Browns would part ways with Manziel, and Benjamin Allbright of AM1340 in Denver believes Manziel's fate is all but sealed:
#Browns were likely to waive Manziel in 10 days anyway (day after Super Bowl). Were considering holding to listen for offers, none coming.— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) January 30, 2016
While Manziel is a talented player, his on-field performance has undoubtedly been overshadowed by his personal life through two NFL seasons.
His play hasn't been strong enough to warrant ignoring the outside noise, and while it is unclear if any legal ramifications could result from this incident, Manziel hasn't yet shown Cleveland or other teams he is willing to change in pursuit of a successful career.
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