Manziel calls incident “personal and embarrassing” after NFL clears him

AP

Johnny Manziel called his Oct. 12 dispute with his girlfriend “personal and embarrassing” in a statement released Tuesday evening, a few hours after the NFL announced it would not discipline Manziel for the incident.

The statement was released through Brad Beckworth, the longtime attorney for the Manziel family. No charges were filed stemming from the incident in which two drivers called police to report Manziel driving erratically and arguing with Colleen Crowley, who told police Manziel had pushed her against a window.

The entire Manziel statement read: “I appreciate the NFL’s diligence and discretion in reviewing a situation that was both personal and embarrassing. Colleen and I cooperated fully with the NFL’s process and completely support their goals of making sure that every family under their umbrella is safer and more secure. I’m grateful that the review was so thorough and fair that there should be no question left in the public mind about what actually happened. I’m looking forward to focusing my energies on our start against the Ravens and bringing in a win for our fans in Cleveland.”

The NFL’s sent league officials to Cleveland to meet with Manziel and also talked with Crowley and law enforcement officials during its investigation.

When news broke of the incident four days later, Crowley took to social media to say “it was just an argument.”

Manziel was named the Browns’ starting quarterback for the rest of the season on Tuesday morning. Manziel has started the last two games but told reporters he was “caught off guard” by the team’s announcement that he’ll be the starter when the Browns play again Nov. 30.

22 responses to “Manziel calls incident “personal and embarrassing” after NFL clears him

  1. The possible criminal charge seemed incidental.

    More importantly, when you spend ten weeks in rehab, declare you have those demons in check and are now reliable, only to have this escapade revealed after having yet again been drinking, doesn’t inspire a whole lot of confidence in regards to the future.

  2. Go to rehab, Johnny and you won’t get caught driving at high speeds all over the highway, risking innocent people’s lives and embarrassing yourself. You are a relapsed alcoholic, so stop the denial and get help.

  3. Upgrade the girlfriend. She was “badly intoxicated” in the one report I saw. Come on, grow up Johnny. Time to get off the A&M campus life. Your life is public and that includes everyone in it. Time to class up the entourage.

  4. The alcoholic part I don’t mind. Heck, I can understand since he plays for the Browns.

    But I have no sympathy for a man that puts his hand on a woman. If there were photos, he’d be suspended.

  5. Johnny Rehab had himself a great day. Named Browns starter and cleared of any charges by Roger G.

    Hope he enjoys today. Wonder how much he paid his girlfriend to change her story? He is sure to fall off the wagon again, you don’t go to rehab for TWO plus months and still drink.

  6. Obvious Step 1: Ditch ditzy party girl who’s in it for the fame and doesn’t really have your best interest in mind at all. That road leads to nowhere–you’re the one with everything to lose and staying sober is a huge part of it.

    Step 2: Focus on your big chance. Sometimes you don’t ever get another one.

  7. Okay, so she lied about domestic violence? That’s one way to get dates when Johnny moves on. Most of you probably wanted him in jail. Slippery slope folks.

  8. davewr58 says:
    Nov 17, 2015 7:58 PM
    Go to rehab, Johnny and you won’t get caught driving at high speeds all over the highway, risking innocent people’s lives and embarrassing yourself. You are a relapsed alcoholic, so stop the denial and get help.
    ———–+———–
    I would agree, but the thing is he has just spent 2 or 3 summer months in a rehab clinic at the Browns behest. And he promised the Browns his frat-boy lifestyle was behind him. And now this classic frat-boy situation. If he doesn’t change markedly this won’t end well for the Browns, who don’t need all this aggro.

  9. Funny reading some of the comments here.

    1. I remember what I was doing at his age and in college. Let’s just say, I’m glad I grew up in a time when Facebook was new and not everyone had camera phones.

    2. I’m married and have gotten into arguments with my wife before. His mistake, you NEVER put your hands on a woman. EVER.

    3. For those saying to dump her, have you seen her?!?! Granted he’s Johnny Manziel and probably turns girls away all the time but Yowzer!

  10. bigearl61 says:
    Nov 17, 2015 10:29 PM

    Get married! Trust me you’ll have a lot more embarrassing stories…

    Oh man whats worse getting married or playing for the Browns? Not sure I can answer my own question…

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