November 17, 2015 - Aaron Wilson
NFL not punishing Johnny Manziel for incident with girlfriend
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel won't be disciplined for an incident where his girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, alleged that he beat her in the car and pushed her head against the glass. She declined to press charges and none were filed. "Consistent with the procedures of the league's Personal Conduct Policy, we have examined the available evidence regarding the recent incident involving Johnny Manziel," the league said in a statement. "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." After questioning both Manziel and Crowley, police in Avon, Ohio, allowed the couple to leave for Manziel's home together. Police smelled alcohol on Manziel's breath, but did not give him a field sobriety test because he showed no signs of inebriation, police said. Manziel admitted to having a couple of drinks downtown on a Browns off day. He had spent 10 weeks in a treatment facility in the offseason. Callers to 911 on Oct. 12 reported Manziel driving at a high rate of speed on the shoulder of the highway. Witnesses told police that Crowley had attempted to jump out of the moving car as it exited the highway. A 911 caller also said Manziel cut across several lanes of traffic to exit. Manziel has been named the Browns' starter for the remainder of the season. "I appreciate the NFL's diligence and discretion in reviewing a situation that was both personal and embarrassing," Manziel said in a statement issued through his friend and advisor, Brad Beckworth. "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." Manziel knows he has to do better off the field. "Coach [Mike] Pettine came in and said he didn't want to micromanage me or any of the other guys on our time off, but at the same time I let him know that I am not going to do anything that is going to be a distraction to this team or be an embarrassment to the organization," Manziel said. "That was the thing he stressed to me as well." Follow me on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for The Houston Chronicle.