7:20pm: Police say no charges will be filed against Manziel, as Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets.
5:32pm: Late last month, Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel got into a dispute with his ex-girlfriend, prompting a police investigation. Now, details from that incident are coming to light and they do not paint the former Texas A&M star in a positive light.
According to Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer (Twitter links), the ex-girlfriend told police that Manziel struck her several times and seemed to be on drugs. The identity of the alleged victim has also been identified as Colleen Crowley, the same woman who was involved in Manziel’s previous run-in with the law.
Crowley also told police that the Heisman Trophy winner told her “shut up or I’ll kill us both” after forcing her into a car, hitting her, and dragging her by the hair, per WFAA. Still, Fort Worth police say that Manziel has yet to be charged with anything.
“He grabbed me by my hair and threw me back into the car and got back in himself,” she told police. “He hit me with his open hand on my left ear for jumping out of the car. I realized immediately that I could not hear out of that ear, and I still cannot today, two days later.”
Earlier this week, it was reported that the Browns are expected to cut Manziel. Prior to that, there was already a strong sense that Manziel was no longer a part of the Browns’ outlook for 2016 and beyond. On the day the club hired Hue Jackson as its new head coach, a report surfaced suggesting that the former Bengals offensive coordinator had made it clear during the interview process that he intended to move on from Manziel.
Assuming they don’t designate him as a post-June 1 cut, the Browns will take on a ’16 cap hit of about $4.33MM if they release Manziel on or after March 9. Of course, the team could remove that entire figure from its cap if the 23-year-old is claimed on waivers, but that seems extremely unlikely.
A first-round pick in 2014, Manziel started eight games during his two years in Cleveland, completing 57% of his passes and throwing seven touchdowns to seven interceptions, for a QB rating of 74.4. While his on-field performance was unspectacular, it was off-field behavior that will cost him his roster spot. In addition to not being pleased by his multiple run-ins with the law, the Browns were also concerned about Manziel’s fondness for partying, which seems to have persisted since he checked himself into rehab last year.
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