Click here for an updated version of this story: Troubled Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel becomes target of police investigation after altercation with ex-girlfriend
Police in Texas were called to investigate an altercation between Johnny Manziel and his ex-girlfriend.
The troubled Browns quarterback was not arrested, but police are working to determine whether a criminal offense occurred.
Here is a statement from the Fort Worth Police Department:
"At approximately 2 a.m. on January 30, 2016, patrol officers were dispatched to 2101 Park Hill Drive (The Berkeley Apartments) in reference to a report of a possible assault.
"Upon arrival, officers did not locate the caller, but did make contact with a 23 year old female who stated that she was involved in a disturbance with her ex-boyfriend (23 year old male suspect) earlier in the evening in Dallas. The preliminary investigation determined that a possible assault had occurred in that jurisdiction or multiple jurisdictions. The complainant was uncooperative with officers on scene, and they were unable to locate a crime scene within the Fort Worth jurisdiction, however, our officers prepared a report nonetheless, and that information was forwarded to detectives for further investigation.
"The Dallas Police Department was notified of a possible disturbance, so any questions regarding their jurisdiction should be submitted to DPD.
"The complainant also advised our officers of concerns that she had regarding the well-being of her ex-boyfriend. In an effort to follow-up on this, Fort Worth officers attempted to locate him, by calling cell phone numbers associated with him, checking locations within our jurisdiction, and searching the area with the assistance of our Air One Unit. It was later determined by officers that the ex-boyfriend was safe and in no danger. The Fort Worth Police Department is actively working with Dallas PD to determine if a criminal offense occurred."
Later, Dallas police released a statement saying they're "in the preliminary stages of the investigation" and will release additional information when it becomes available.
Even if no charges are filed against Manziel, the NFL could still discipline him for the incident.
Asked if the league will investigate the matter under its personal-conduct policy, an NFL spokesman wrote in an email, "Yes. We are aware and looking into it."
A Browns spokesman said the team had no comment.
Even before the incident, several signs were pointing to the Browns severing ties with Manziel at some point this offseason. The altercation with his ex-girlfriend certainly won't help his cause.
If the Browns want to cut Manziel, they could do so beginning Feb. 8, the day after the Super Bowl, when the NFL's waiver system begins. Manziel's personal problems have undoubtedly harmed his trade value, perhaps so much that no franchise would give up anything for him. Either way, teams can't make trades until the new league year begins at 4 p.m. March 9.
This isn't the first time Manziel has been investigated by police after a fight with his significant other.
On Oct. 12, Avon police questioned Manziel and Colleen Crowley after their infamous in-car fight. No arrests were made, and the NFL announced on Nov. 17 it wouldn't discipline Manziel under its personal-conduct policy after launching an investigation in which the league questioned the 22nd overall pick in the 2014 draft and Crowley.
“Consistent with the procedures of the league’s personal conduct policy, we have examined the available evidence regarding the recent incident involving Johnny Manziel,” a statement from the league read. “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, our concern under the personal conduct policy goes well beyond the issue of discipline, and we have made comprehensive professional resources available on a confidential basis.”
When Avon police questioned Manziel and Crowley on Nagel Road after witnesses called 911 to report the couple fighting in a white Nissan GT-R, Crowley accused Manziel of hitting her and pushing her head against the car window.
In a dash-cam video, Crowley told police, “I’m in fear for my life,” adding Manziel “hit me a couple of times.”
Manziel said he did not strike Crowley but grabbed her wrist to prevent her from jumping out of the moving car, and the only physical evidence of their altercation was a scrape on her left wrist, according to the police report. One witness told police Crowley tried to open the car door while Manziel pulled her inside by putting his arm and elbow around her neck. Another witness said Manziel pulled on Crowley’s wrist to keep her in the vehicle.
According to the police report, no arrests were made and no charges were filed partly because Crowley was intoxicated and made inconsistent statements, “ranging from whether Mr. Manziel was physically abusive towards her or not.”
Police interviewed Manziel and Crowley roadside beginning at about 6:20 p.m. They had been drinking alcohol at about 2 p.m., according to the police report.
The first witness who called 911 said Manziel sped down the left shoulder of Interstate 90 west at an estimated 90 mph and cut over several lanes before exiting at Nagel Road, according to the police report. Crowley threw Manziel’s wallet out of the car during their quarrel.
Police did not perform field sobriety or portable breath tests on Manziel. According to the police report, they determined Manziel was not intoxicated and “had consumed only two alcoholic drinks several hours prior” to them questioning him.
The couple left the scene together.
Last year, Manziel spent more than 10 weeks in an inpatient rehabilitation facility specializing in alcohol and drug addiction treatment.
Still, his off-field issues continued to plague him this past season, and the partying has persisted this offseason.
BustedCoverage.com recently published videos and photographs of Manziel, 23, partying Sunday at a bar in Dallas. One photo shows him drinking what appears to be a shot of alcohol.
Browns owner Jimmy Haslam was asked Thursday during the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards whether he was concerned about Manziel's recent partying, given his history.
"I think Johnny made progress on the field last year. I think that’s undeniable," Haslam replied. "We have a certain expectation for our players and that includes Johnny, and he’s got to live up to those expectations."
Haslam also said he thought the Browns' relationship with Manziel could be fixed, but that doesn't seem the least bit realistic.
Shortly after the Browns hired coach Hue Jackson on Jan. 13, he did a series of radio interviews in which he repeatedly spoke as if the team would move on from Manziel and mentioned the possibility of drafting a quarterback second or 32nd overall in late April.
"I do believe that this team does need a quarterback,” Jackson said during one of the radio interviews. "... I think what we need to do is look to the future and find what we think is going to be the best fit for us and go from there.”
Jackson added a quarterback must “represent the organization well” and “carry the flag for us.” He wants “a guy that can help elevate this football team, not anybody that’s going to tear it down.”
He also made it clear if Manziel fled to Las Vegas the weekend of the Jan. 3 season finale while he was in concussion protocol it “would be a nonstarter with me.”
Haslam said Manziel failed to show up at team headquarters the morning of Jan. 3 for treatment the Browns require of players in the concussion protocol. As a result, the team fined Manziel, who also didn’t attend the regular-season finale the afternoon of Jan. 3 at FirstEnergy Stadium. USA Today reported Manziel was seen partying and gambling in Vegas the night of Jan. 2.