Report: Johnny Manziel won’t be disciplined over off-field incident
Following an investigation that included a league official meeting with Johnny Manziel Wednesday evening, the NFL is not expected to discipline the Cleveland Browns quarterback over his role in an incident involving his girlfriend, sources have informed NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.
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, who accused the quarterback of pushing her head against the car window during the alleged altercation.
It was determined by police that both parties had been drinking but that Manziel was not intoxicated. Witness accounts of the incident included allegations that Manziel was driving erratically and that Crowley attempted to exit the moving vehicle.
Crowley declined to press charges related to the incident.
The NFL nevertheless concluded that Manziel could have been in violation of the league’s personal conduct policy, which spells out “prohibited actions” that include “Actual or threatened physical violence against another person, including dating violence, domestic violence, child abuse, and other forms of family violence” as well as “Conduct that poses a genuine danger to the safety and well-being of another person.”
It was previously reported that Manziel could have been placed on paid leave even before the league completed its investigation, but the NFL appeared to expedite its inquiries into the incident, perhaps in lieu of the fact that the Browns have been left in a bind related to the potential unavailability of Manziel for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals, as starting quarterback Josh McCown has been dealing with shoulder and rib injuries this week.
Manziel took first-team reps at Wednesday’s practice ahead of his meeting with a league representative, but it is still expected that McCown will get the starting nod on Sunday, so long as he is healthy enough to play.