NFL spokesperson: Johnny Manziel investigation remains ongoing
NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported Thursday morning that sources told him the league is not expected to discipline Johnny Manziel over his domestic incident earlier this month. An NFL spokesperson has since disputed that report, stating the investigation is ongoing and no final determination has been made.
League spokesman Brian McCarthy indicated “no decision has been made” on Manziel, per an AP report. This was further corroborated by Northeast Ohio Media Group’s Mary Kay Cabot, whose report indicated a league spokesperson told Cleveland.com that the NFL’s review of the incident “has not been completed.”
The NFL’s investigation stems from an Oct. 12 traffic stop that involved a disagreement over the nature of an argument between Manziel and girlfriend Colleen Crowley. It was reported that the basis of the investigation as to determine whether or not Manziel had violated the league’s personal conduct policy, something that could be punished with either a fine, suspension or perhaps both.
The Browns would like the NFL’s ultimate determination of whether punishment is warranted or not expedited, as Manziel’s potential availability for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals is of the utmost importance, given Josh McCown is dealing with rib and shoulder injuries.
Manziel met with NFL senior advisor Lisa Friel, Cabot reported, on Wednesday night at the Browns facility. Browns head coach Mike Pettine indicated Thursday that the findings of the investigation will come sooner rather than later.
“Expect it soon, but I know that they have their timetable,” he said. “I know there’s reports out there, but, especially from a coaching standpoint, we’re hunkered in preparing for the game, so when we get the word, we get the word.”