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.