The NFL is investigating a recent incident involving Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel and his girlfriend, coach Mike Pettine told reporters, including Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon-Journal. An in-car fight last week Manziel and girlfriend Colleen Crowley led to questioning from Avon police and now the league is also asking questions about the involvement of the troubled former first-round pick.
Pettine hasn’t ruled out punishing Manziel in connection with the incident, but he explained that he wants to let the process play out with the league.
“The league gets involved when there are cases like this,” Pettine said during a news conference. “I don’t know what their timetable is. I don’t know the specifics, but as with anything that comes up, there’s a reporting process you go through. I’m not privy to what their details are as far as timetable.”
“Colleen and I got into a dumb public argument on the way home Monday afternoon. It probably looked more interesting than it was and I know I would stop and check if I saw a couple arguing on the side of the road,” Manziel wrote. “It was embarrassing but not serious and when we talked to the police and they realized everything was alright and I was sober, we went home together and everything is fine.”
According to the police report, Crowley was intoxicated when they arrived and made inconsistent statements, “ranging from whether Mr. Manziel was physically abusive towards her or not.” The former Texas A&M star was also said to be drinking that day and that’s a potential red flag considering his recent stint in rehab.