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NFL investigating McCoy and Manziel, paid leave not imminent

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The afterglow of the Super Bowl has been disrupted by the dusting off of the police blotter, with two players grabbing headlines that otherwise would go to more talk about quarterbacks taking too long to jump on fumbles and/or leaving too quickly the post-game podium.

The NFL says that it began reviewing incidents involving Bills running back LeSean McCoy and Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel “immediately after they occurred.”

While paid leave is possible for both players, nothing will happen in the immediate future.

“The players are off per the CBA and not being paid now,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told PFT by email. “It would serve no purpose and is not what paid leave was designed to accomplish.”

Paid leave was designed to take the heat out of a hot kitchen by putting the player on the couch without officially suspending him. With no games currently being played, there’s no reason to take action.

That’s very good news for the Browns, who can now resume waiting for March 9 to cut Manziel without having to rush to create cap space so that he could be put on permanent unpaid leave before the league puts him on paid leave.

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38 Responses to “NFL investigating McCoy and Manziel, paid leave not imminent”
  1. joetoronto says: Feb 9, 2016 10:06 AM

    2 players for the 2 biggest joke franchises in professional sports, in the 2 worst cities in professional sports.

    Being from Buffalo or Cleveland and being a Bills or Browns fan, wow, it can’t get any worse that either of those scenarios.

    Just flush, baby!

  2. patsfan says: Feb 9, 2016 10:07 AM

    maybe they can blow the dust off of the “commissioner’s exempt list.”

  3. chuckshontaspads says: Feb 9, 2016 10:11 AM

    And Tom Brady is the most hated man at the Park Avenue offices of the NFL….somehow that makes sense to Roger.

  4. drlightning says: Feb 9, 2016 10:11 AM

    Seriously on any level of life, when you do something wrong or illegal, paid leave is like saying take a complementary paid vacation while everything cools off.

  5. jonwill57 says: Feb 9, 2016 10:16 AM

    Now Buffalo has both Ryan’s and McCoy in trouble…the defense was already falling apart. Rex will be done after this season…Mark the tape!

  6. chriskap11 says: Feb 9, 2016 10:17 AM

    Even if it was a $1,000 bottle of champagne, you’re making millions of dollars a year , be a man a do walk away from trouble.

    You owe it to your teammates, coaches, owner, fans and community. Life isn’t all about you.

  7. blowpackblow says: Feb 9, 2016 10:18 AM

    The NFL needs more Calvin Johnsons and less Dez Bryants, Johnny Goofballs and Scam Newtons.

  8. wannabear says: Feb 9, 2016 10:20 AM

    We are not even talking about Tom Brady. Stop it now. Regardless of how you feel about him, It’s the off season so, let him alone.

  9. doctormantistoboggan says: Feb 9, 2016 10:23 AM

    Manziel > Brady

  10. GoodellMustGo says: Feb 9, 2016 10:23 AM

    Hey Florio – bring back the Turd Watch!:)

  11. upperdecker19 says: Feb 9, 2016 10:23 AM

    The chickens are coming home to roost Johnny Manziel!!! You’ll heed the fruit of your selfish ways! And lose all of your fancy foosball friends!!!!

  12. jag1959 says: Feb 9, 2016 10:24 AM

    It’s nonsensical that with no money due him before the new league year that the Browns can’t cut Manziel now because they rolled the cap space forward. Wouldn’t be surprised to see that type of accounting rule get changed at some point in the not too distant future

  13. doggeatdogg says: Feb 9, 2016 10:27 AM

    Only one group of fans are talking about Brady and making him a victim by comparing him to the deeds of others. They need to stop, it’s annoying and you are creating some bad karma for him.

  14. dryzzt23 says: Feb 9, 2016 10:28 AM

    Paid leave? WTH? These clowns did this on their OWN time, and not on any team property so WHY should the NFL or the Browns/Eagles have to pay these fools?

    This is exactly why teams should be able to outright cut players who commit crimes…and have NO salary cap consequences from cutting them AND be able to recoup signing bonuses.

    Maybe, just maybe, THAT will be an incentive for players to stop committing crimes against women and police officers.

  15. liongator says: Feb 9, 2016 10:28 AM

    And Eagles fans wanted Chip Kelly fired for trading this Choir boy away? There’s no need to suspend him, he only plays a couple games a year anyway.

  16. semcgowanjr says: Feb 9, 2016 10:29 AM

    The Browns (and the NFL) better be getting their legal teams together. Colleen Crowley has hired a divorce lawyer. They’re going to sue.

  17. reprob8 says: Feb 9, 2016 10:29 AM

    I don’t understand how BOTH of these guys can do what’s been alleged & NEITHER has been arrested

  18. rickastleydancemoves says: Feb 9, 2016 10:31 AM

    Oh if America hated this guy as much as ol buddy on the Panthers…

  19. haslamdrinkshisownpee says: Feb 9, 2016 10:34 AM

    Good. I’m glad the Browns won’t have to pay that scum bag Manziel any more money then they have to. It’s always good to put a couple extra bucks in an honest guys, like jimmy Haslams, wallet.

  20. GoodellMustGo says: Feb 9, 2016 10:37 AM

    I wonder how Goodell will screw this up.

    You know he will because that’s what he does best.

  21. sonhoodoo says: Feb 9, 2016 10:39 AM

    Anyone want to bet that the results of this investigation are out before the Andrew Luck rib injury “investigation” and the Peyton HGH “investigation”?

  22. pittsburgh84 says: Feb 9, 2016 10:43 AM

    NFL incident investigator is starting to look like a growing career field.

  23. spoiledsport99 says: Feb 9, 2016 10:44 AM

    This is a great opportunity for the Bills to get out of Lesean’s ridiculous contract without any backlash. Sure he’s a decent RB but he’s not worth the trouble and came up small in every big situation he faced this year. Dropping passes in the end zone and fumbling at the worst possible times. RBs are a dime a dozen, look at the no names the Pats use every year.

  24. dohczeppelin says: Feb 9, 2016 10:44 AM

    joetoronto says:
    Feb 9, 2016 10:06 AM
    2 players for the 2 biggest joke franchises in professional sports, in the 2 worst cities in professional sports.

    Being from Buffalo or Cleveland and being a Bills or Browns fan, wow, it can’t get any worse that either of those scenarios.

    Just flush, baby!
    ___________________________
    Yet on another article, I saw you comment “I love the Bills”…

    All that aside, will you just quit it with the endless trash talk? You just come on here and troll every day. Insulting people you have never met for something as trivial as what football team they like makes you sound like a child.

    Go bandwagon for whatever team is doing well right now and leave the real football fans out of it.

  25. babyfarkmcgeezax says: Feb 9, 2016 11:01 AM

    LeSean McCoy is a worthless human being. This guy has had assault incidents with girlfriends in the past. He treats restaurant servers like garbage, then tips them the monetary equivalent of his integrity – a.k.a. a pathetically low amount. Now he’s beating people up late at night.

    This tool can’t stop blathering about Chip Kelly getting rid of him, which is hilarious because his actions constantly remind everyone that Kelly was right. It’s times like these that make fans of the historic Vikings dynasty franchise appreciate having a Top-5 talent, high-character running back like Jerick McKinnon.

  26. yooperman says: Feb 9, 2016 11:02 AM

    Every bar I know has video cameras for insurance reasons. Look at the video before hanging these players. If you ever been in a bar with off duty cops, you know what I’m talking about. They think they can do anything because they KNOW other cops won’t arrest them. My guess is the cops started the fight, thinking they owned the place.

  27. PokeSalad says: Feb 9, 2016 11:04 AM

    Can the entire franchise be put on unpaid leave?

  28. jrterrier5 says: Feb 9, 2016 11:10 AM

    sonhoodoo says:
    Feb 9, 2016 10:39 AM
    Anyone want to bet that the results of this investigation are out before the Andrew Luck rib injury “investigation” and the Peyton HGH “investigation”?

    Sonhoodoo, you must have missed it. Two days ago, right in the fog of the Super Bowl, there were multiple reports that NFL weren’t taking any action on the Colts’ decisions regarding Luck & injury report.

  29. somethinghappeninghere says: Feb 9, 2016 11:17 AM

    They don’t call him “Shady” for nothing!

  30. kevinlawrencecantor says: Feb 9, 2016 11:56 AM

    I love how the Cleveland Browns are keeping Manziel on the roster for a few more weeks then will cut him to save a few million in cap space.

    This is sort of mocking the situation. Cleveland will say how they’re taking a stand against Manziel’s behavior and want to help him by releasing him, but NOT at the expense of their salary cap!

  31. foodiefoodnerd says: Feb 9, 2016 12:35 PM

    Teams should be able to cut useless, toxic dead weight like Johnny Footnote in off-season dituations like this eith no cap repercussions if they don’t fill the roster spot until the Marcch 9 deadline.

  32. 2ruefan says: Feb 9, 2016 12:43 PM

    The McCoy thing is just beyond me.
    Why is it that some of these athletes are just so darn stupid?
    You get into a fight (and it doesn’t really matter if they were off-duty cops or not) but if the report is correct:
    After they were down they were kicked and stomped in the ribs and head, busting ribs and eye sockets?
    What the he** is wrong with you?
    You think you are still in college or high school and nobody is going to “tell on you”?
    You don’t value human life?
    You don’t realize how much you have to lose career wise and money-wise even if you DON’T value another human life?

    I swear if some of these guys were not talented athletes, they’d just be in jail because they are ignorant, violent, mindless idiots.

    SMDH…

  33. foodiefoodnerd says: Feb 9, 2016 12:48 PM

    Quoting haslamdrinkshisownpee:

    “Good. I’m glad the Browns won’t have to pay that scum bag Manziel any more money then they have to. It’s always good to put a couple extra bucks in an honest guys, like jimmy Haslams, wallet.”
    ~~~~~

    I completely agree that remaining owed rookie contract money is destined for a scumbag’s pocket whether it’s Johnny Footnote’s or Haslam’s.

    But from a league-wide perspective, why can’t can’t they get some language in the contract about blatant violations of its purpose?

    Not bothering to even show up for meetings and scheduled treatment, or learn the playbook, much less study film and hit the weightroom, for two full seasons, should not fall under guaranteed pay in any intelligent society.

  34. bjwbrown2011 says: Feb 9, 2016 12:48 PM

    Is there a point in putting Johnny on paid leave when he’s going to be unemployed in 3 weeks. Wouldn’t the commissioners exempt list just screw the Browns and make him uncuttable?

  35. mrrmiyagi says: Feb 9, 2016 12:52 PM

    Bar fight with a couple of a-hole off duty cops is NOT on the same level as beating up a girl, especially with his troubled past already. Let’s not lump the two together.

    Shady – Fine and 1 game suspension (if any)
    Manziel – 1 year suspension

  36. catquick says: Feb 9, 2016 1:31 PM

    At this point, the league giving paid leave to JF before they can cut bait would just be cruel.

  37. 2ruefan says: Feb 9, 2016 1:39 PM

    mrrmiyagi says:
    Feb 9, 2016 12:52 PM

    Bar fight with a couple of a-hole off duty cops is NOT on the same level as beating up a girl, especially with his troubled past already. Let’s not lump the two together.

    *********************
    I’d agree except that I don’t think you have all the facts.
    Apparently McCoy (and two others with him) after successfully knocking the cops to the group, kicked and stomped them to the point of broken ribs, and busted eye-orbitals, etc.

    If this had been a simple “push and shove” or even a few blows thrown, then MAYBE just a fine.

    But you better pay attention. This dude is looking a a criminal (possibly felony assault) charge.

    The LEAST of his problems will be how many games he misses. Might be in friggin JAIL.

  38. billswillnevermove says: Feb 9, 2016 2:04 PM

    Actually, hands down Toronto is the worst city in North America. No NFL, never will be and they have the most over priced hockey team in the world who almost always finishes in last place. Just flush baby.

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