Manziel cleared by NFL in domestic incident

AP

Johnny Manziel was named the Browns’ starting quarterback on Tuesday morning, and later in the day he learned the NFL has found no reason to discipline him based on its investigation of his role in an October roadside incident involving Manziel and his girlfiend.

No charges were filed, but Colleen Crowley in the original report told police that Manziel had pushed her head against a window. The NFL’s statement Tuesday said that league officials had spoken with Manziel and Crowley and have concluded that there’s “insufficient basis” to discipline Manziel.

League investigators came to Cleveland two weeks after the Oct. 12 incident to discuss it with Manziel.

The full statement said: “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, 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.”

The Browns are off this week and return to action Nov. 30 vs. the Ravens. Manziel has started the last two games but told reporters he was “caught off guard” by the team’s announcement Tuesday that he’ll be the starter for the rest of the season.

42 responses to “Manziel cleared by NFL in domestic incident

  1. I can easily understand not rooting for players, but to openly root for them to crash and burn is pretty sad. Why would someone do that? He has a drinking problem and he has made some stupid decisions, like most kids do. Why so much hate for this particular guy? This Giants fan doesnt understand.

  2. Of course not. The NFL cares zero about domestic violence.

    The only way they will ever react more strongly than they have is if every woman fan stays out of the stadiums and doesn’t put any games on their TV for a week. Short of a statement like that which will leave many empty seats and much lower TV ratings nothing more will ever happen.

    Look at how Jerry Jones has dealt with the assorted Hardy incidents that have already happened in less than 2 months.

  3. I enjoy all the uninformed comments of “no video evidence” and how “convenient” it is that he was cleared… well there is a 30 minute video available that makes it pretty obvious he didn’t do anything to warrant any punishment. Notice how the title says “domestic incident” and not “domestic violence incident”? That is because he didn’t hit her. I believe she spazzed and was trying to climb out of a moving car and he pulled to the side of the road, tried to calm her down and called Kruger. The police came, realized he didn’t do anything wrong and let them go home together (even though Johnny offered to get her a cab to wherever she wanted to go, with free reign on his credit card including flights/hotels or anything else she needed).

  4. Sounds like the right outcome. I actually think h has a chance to be a good QB. I don’t know if it will be in The Factory of Sadness, but that’s another matter.

  5. The kid went to rehab and therapy for three months. He has worked hard in practice and accepted his initial role as a backup. He kept quiet and has not caused any problems. The police quickly found he did nothing wrong. Plus, the kid is only 22 and was hyped up by the media. How about a little understanding here. Give the kid a break.Why are people always so quick to jump on the negative.

  6. I was a cop for over 20 years….if I arrested everyone who was, to the letter of the law, guilty of “domestic violence”, I can safely say that there would be 200 or so WOMEN (many men too) who would now have a police record. Luckily for many, I was a cop back when discretion and common sense was still our primary way of dealing with things, unlike the robot cops who are doing the job now.

    Most people who spout off about “domestic violence” have no concept as to what that term actually encompasses.

  7. That’s some investigation – a police report, eyewitnesses, and a abuse victim who recanted as abuse victims often do and Goodell does nothing

    Heck – Jerry Jones is probably proclaiming Manziel a “leader” with Hardy

    Meanwhile Goodell is going to court because of a half pound of air pressure and the fact that he doesn’t believe the laws of physics apply to the NFL

    Tomorrow is going to be cold Roger. If the TPMS light comes on in your limo don’t blame Brady

    It’s clear Goodell doesn’t think Domestic Violence is serious – or at least not as serious as his vendetta against the Patriots

  8. Most “kids” don’t pull over their cars, argue in public, and push their girlfriend’s head through a window…The hypocrisy by the NFL here is STAGGERING!…remember “NO MORE”??????

  9. All your excuses (above) for condoning Manziel’s specific behavior in this specific incident are plainly disgusting…The scene was also fueled by alcohol, so night-night to the rehab/lesson-learned apologia.

  10. In the Ginger Hammer’s NFL, footballs are afforded the utmost protection from physical alterations by humans.

    Women, not so much.

  11. Your spouse is gone for 3 hours….you call your spouse 4-5 times over that time to find out where they are….your spouse is upset with so many phone calls and makes a complaint against you…ARRESTED/Harassment under the Domestic Violence Statute.

    You and your spouse get into an argument, you get upset and punch a wall causing a hole in the wall. Your spouse calls the cops….ARRESTED/Criminal Mischief under the Domestic Violence Statute.

    Honestly, does a person who did either of the above deserve to have a CRIMINAL record, have to shell out for a lawyer, and possibly look at jail time and probation? Seriously??

  12. Why does “numba1wiscosportsfan” keep calling Aaron RoDgers… ROGERS??

    “Wish the PACK would trade for him! Or even McCown right now. MY GUY ROGERS is stuggling. need reinforcements. GO PACK!!!!”

    What a total imbecile

  13. “Based on the information gathered, we have concluded that there is an insufficient basis on which to take disciplinary action.”

    Hmm NFL, so to be clear, insufficient evidence equates to no discipline but zero evidence equates to the harshest penalty in NFL history. Got it, thanks roger.

  14. jfbowman says:
    Nov 17, 2015 5:13 PM
    Most “kids” don’t pull over their cars, argue in public, and push their girlfriend’s head through a window…The hypocrisy by the NFL here is STAGGERING!…remember “NO MORE”??????
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    Reading is fundamental, comprehension is apparently optional. Let’s try this again:
    “Colleen Crowley in the original report told police that Manziel had pushed her head against a window.”

    Nothing there says anything about pushing his her head THROUGH a window. The officer(s) on the scene made a call based on what they observed and available evidence. Witnesses gave statements she attempted to exit a MOVING vehicle, if that was the case he may well have been saving her from serious injury. I do not know what happened and I am not defending any abusers but crazy hot chick happens and not all the stories involving them end up being funny.

  15. jfbowman says:
    Nov 17, 2015 5:13 PM
    Most “kids” don’t pull over their cars, argue in public, and push their girlfriend’s head through a window…The hypocrisy by the NFL here is STAGGERING!…remember “NO MORE”??????
    ______________

    Reading is fundamental, comprehension is apparently optional. Let’s try this again:
    “Colleen Crowley in the original report told police that Manziel had pushed her head against a window.”

    Nothing there says anything about pushing his her head THROUGH a window. The officer(s) on the scene made a call based on what they observed and available evidence. Witnesses gave statements she attempted to exit a MOVING vehicle, if that was the case he may well have been saving her from serious injury. I do not know what happened and I am not defending any abusers but crazy hot chick happens and not all the stories involving them end up being funny.

  16. jfbowman says: Nov 17, 2015 5:13 PM

    Most “kids” don’t pull over their cars, argue in public, and push their girlfriend’s head through a window…The hypocrisy by the NFL here is STAGGERING!…remember “NO MORE”??????

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    jfbowman says: Nov 17, 2015 5:18 PM

    All your excuses (above) for condoning Manziel’s specific behavior in this specific incident are plainly disgusting…The scene was also fueled by alcohol, so night-night to the rehab/lesson-learned apologia.

    ——————————————————

    Plainly you have access to police reports, witness statements and other stuff we lowly folk do not have. Maybe you were actually there?!?

    Please fill us in with ALL the details.

    Waiting…

  17. OK, let’s say he didn’t hit her. Fine.

    Let’s say he didn’t do anything wrong in that car and it was all blown out of proportion by his girlfriend. No problem.

    Let’s say he had a couple beers, but wasn’t drunk and wouldn’t have blown over the legal limit. Cool.

    But, uh, what’s a guy who just got out of rehab doing drinking at noon, anyway?

    It’s a matter of time before he gets himself in trouble again.

  18. arwiv says:
    Nov 17, 2015 5:29 PM
    You and your spouse get into an argument, you get upset and punch a wall causing a hole in the wall. Your spouse calls the cops….ARRESTED/Criminal Mischief under the Domestic Violence Statute.

    Honestly, does a person who did either of the above deserve to have a CRIMINAL record, have to shell out for a lawyer, and possibly look at jail time and probation? Seriously??
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    jag1959 says:
    Nov 17, 2015 6:36 PM
    I am not defending any abusers but crazy hot chick happens and not all the stories involving them end up being funny.
    ________________

    Amen to both of these. 25 years later I still have a very noticeable scar in my thigh from where the ‘crazy hot chick’ right out of central casting planted a chefs knife. I remain convinced to this day that when the cops got there if that knife wasn’t sticking out of my thigh I would have been cuffed and stuffed. Damn straight crazy hot chick happens, and sometimes their crazy gets some poor bastard a record.

  19. arwiv says:
    Nov 17, 2015 4:32 PM
    I can easily understand not rooting for players, but to openly root for them to crash and burn is pretty sad. Why would someone do that? He has a drinking problem and he has made some stupid decisions, like most kids do. Why so much hate for this particular guy? This Giants fan doesnt understand.
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    I always find this interesting. How is Johnny Manziel a “kid”? Why do we consider athletes in their early 20’s kids? If he was not an athlete, and had graduated from high school at 18 and either gone to college or joined the work force, he would be expected, by age 22, to be behaving like an adult. I remember being 22, and no one ever called me “kid”.

  20. td40 says:
    Nov 17, 2015 6:57 PM

    But, uh, what’s a guy who just got out of rehab doing drinking at noon, anyway?
    _____
    It’s called a relapse. Substance abusers have them all the time. To me, it’s highly unlikely he got up and said, “Aw, screw the rehab, I’m gonna have some beers!” If someone is addicted to something, if their day takes a wrong turn, the temptation to go back to that addiction is strong.

    I know most of the posters here have bought into the politicians’ civil war they started to pit the citizens against each other based on economic status, and you think anyone that has more money than you is evil. But please don’t let the wealth-envy blind you to the fact that these athletes really are human beings, like you and me, and prone to illnesses and addictions just like the rest of us.

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