Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel was allegedly involved in a fight late last week at a downtown Cleveland apartment complex. The young quarterback spoke about the allegations on Friday.
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Friday, Nov. 28
Manziel Speaks About Alleged Incident
Mary Kay Cabot of The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer passed along Manziel's statements on the incident:
ESPN's Jeremy Fowler noted what Manziel didn't discuss in his interview:
Monday, Nov. 24
Manziel Reportedly Involved in Fight
Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel was allegedly involved in a fight early Saturday morning at a downtown Cleveland apartment complex.
According to Doug Brown of CleveScene.com, 33-year-old Chris Gonos noticed Manziel at the complex around 2:30 a.m. Saturday and said to the quarterback, "I'm the biggest Browns fan ever, I love you, I want to give you a hug." Per the police report, Gonos claims that someone in Manziel's crew then punched him in the face, causing a fight to break out.
Gonos also claimed to CleveScene.com that Manziel punched his brother, who tackled the backup quarterback.
Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com has more:
General manager Ray Farmer also commented on the incident:
We are aware of the incident and are in the process of gathering additional information in order to gain a complete understanding of what occurred. Nonetheless, the time of the incident is concerning to us. We continually stress to all of our players the importance of sound decision making in an effort to avoid putting themselves in these types of situations. We have addressed this appropriately with the player and will have no further comment at this time.
Head coach Mike Pettine also discussed the report, via Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal and Zac Jackson of Fox Sports Ohio:
Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports reports on what colleague Jay Glazer has heard about how the Browns plan to proceed with Manziel:
Manziel's agent also issued a statement, via Garafolo:
Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report put the incident in some perspective:
Albert Breer of NFL Network added his take:
Manziel was a source of constant media attention during his days at Texas A&M, something the Browns were aware of when they selected him in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft. The solid play of Brian Hoyer and Cleveland's 7-4 start to the season have largely made the Heisman winner irrelevant this season.