Oct 4, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) looks on before the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Cleveland Browns backup quarterback Johnny Manziel was pulled over by police earlier this week following an alleged domestic dispute with this girlfriend, according to NewsNet 5 in Cleveland.
Manziel was stopped on Monday evening by police in Avon, a suburb on Cleveland’s west side, after police said a domestic argument got out of hand between Manziel and his girlfriend, Colleen Elizabeth Crowley, a student at Texas Christian University. The police report said both Manziel and Crowley were drinking, but neither were charged.
The police were called after a witness reported seeing Manziel’s Nissan use the shoulder of I-90 to pass her at high speed. The witness reportedly told police that Manziel and Crowley were arguing and that Crowley attempted to exit the car while it was still on the road.
The police report also states the Manziel and Crowley stopped the car in an Avon neighborhood and continued arguing, leading a second witness to call the police.
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.
Once the news broke on Friday evening, Manziel took to Twitter to explain his side of the story:
Crowley took to Instagram to say everything was now OK between her and Manziel:
The Browns also released a statement from general manager Ray Farmer on the incident, which states that, “We were aware of the situation. 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.”
While neither Manziel or Crowley were charged in the incident, it is still not a good look for Manziel, who spent 10 weeks in a treatment facility during the off-season. That stay followed a disastrous rookie season that saw Manziel not take the job of being an NFL quarterback seriously.
Manziel spoke with the media during the Browns minicamp in May and said he was ready to change.
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“I think it’s actions. Actions speak way louder than words. As much as I may have intended to do some of those things last year and really, truly wanted to – I don’t feel like I was in a position personally,” Manziel said. “Now, I think I’m doing the right things and taking the right steps necessary for me to put myself in the best position possible to be exactly what this organization drafted me to be. I don’t want to give up on that fact at all. I’m not giving up on the fact that they brought me in here as a first-round pick and want to see something out of me. It’s not lost on me and hopefully not on the people in this locker room either.”
Since leaving the treatment facility, Manziel has been involved in an altercation with a fan at the Byron Nelson Golf Classic and moved out of downtown Cleveland in an attempt to slow down his life.
He looked to be getting his life and game together, especially during a start against the Tennessee Titans that left many Browns fans clamoring for Manziel to be named the starter.
The latest incident, however, has to leave the Browns wondering if Manziel is truly far enough along the road to recovery to make that happen.