Johnny Manziel explains incident with fan
Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel told reporters that a fan went after him in an aggressive manner in the lobby of his condo.
Manziel said the fan was drunk, "approached me in the lobby, putting his hands on me and kind of toying with me."
Manziel wouldn't say whether he was punched or punched Chris Gonos.
"It was a very unfortunate situation, a situation that was tried to be averted at all costs, and one that [I] was unfortunately not able to really get away from," Manziel said. "I let [the Browns] know what really happened and wanted them to be on top of it from the very get-go. I'm very thankful for the Browns having my back in all this and at the same time supporting me on a situation that seemed to be a little blown out of proportion."
When asked if he hit the man, Manziel said: "I'm not going to go into exact details of everything that happened. It was broken up really fast, and at the time it was more toward my roommate than it was toward me, the initial offering. After there had been some aggressiveness and hostility in the lobby, we didn't want to enter the elevator with this guy. There was kind of a brief pause trying to decide if we were going to get into the elevator and avert this whole thing or if they were going to go up."
The Browns said they were concerned about the time of the incident, roughly 2:30 a.m.
"One night I did get a chance to go out and stay out a little later, a decision I made on my own," Manziel said. "I felt at the time [it] was OK, and I know there are other guys in the league and other guys in this locker room that do the same thing and enjoy their time when they are out of the building. I know at night when I go to bed I need to make sure I'm ready and capable of going to work the next day and fulfilling my job and the duties I have in this building the next day."
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun