NFL will not discipline Cleveland Browns Johnny Manziel
By Thomas Moore
Oct 18, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel warms up before the game against the Denver Broncos at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports
The NFL will not discipline Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel for his role in a domestic incident with his girlfriend.
The league released the following statement after completing its investigation:
"Consistent with the procedures of the league’s Personal Conduct Policy, we have examined the available evidence regarding the recent incident involving Johnny Manziel. Our investigation included a thorough review of information from law enforcement and our own interviews with multiple individuals, including the two involved in the incident. Based on the information gathered, we have concluded that there is an insufficient basis on which to take disciplinary action. In all cases of this nature, under the Personal Conduct Policy our concern goes well beyond the issue of discipline, and we have made comprehensive professional resources available on a confidential basis."
The league was investigating the Oct. 12 incident where Manziel was stopped 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.
Despite the fact that neither Manziel or Crowley were charged in the incident, and that the NFL was still working through its investigation, there were several outcries for Manziel to be disciplined immediately.
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From the ever-popular online petition at change.org to columns clamoring for Manziel to be suspended during the investigation (no innocent until proven guilty for Manziel), there were no shortage of voices demanding action.
Thankfully for everyone involved, the NFL decided it was more important to make the right decision as opposed to making the fast decision.
And while it is a pleasant fantasy to think that we’ve heard the last of this, the reality is that there are probably several people who are not ready to let this go.
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While Manziel can’t control what people say or write about him, he can work hard to keep it as quiet as a puppy walking on cotton for the rest of the season, especially over the next week or so as the Browns are on their bye.
“I don’t know what my plans are going to be yet,” Manziel said on Tuesday, according to wykc.com. “I have to talk to Coach Pett and he wanted to kind of just reiterate and say, ‘Hey, this is the time where everybody in this locker room is going to get a chance to go shut it down for a couple of days.’
“I’ll definitely be back probably earlier than some people. I’ll be back at some point over the weekend if I do decide to leave. I’ll either get a chance to go see some family or a chance to really shut it down. That’s what this week is for, and then, come back in on Sunday and Monday and be ready to go.
“Off the field, I’m not really worried about anything. I’m in a good place, and I’m going to continue to try to like I said, relax. That’s what a couple of these days are for, not all five. I definitely won’t take all five, but two or three days, get a chance to shut it down.”