On Friday, the Dallas police announced that they will investigate the domestic violence allegations against Browns QB Johnny Manziel, despite releasing a statement yesterday that said the case was closed.
Here’s the latest statement from Dallas Police:
Following yesterday’s release, today the Dallas Police Department received a complaint of a domestic violence assault that occurred in Dallas on January 30, 2016. A criminal investigation into the incident, in which Johnathan Manziel is the listed suspect, has been initiated. Detectives will thoroughly investigate the case to determine what criminal charges, if any, will be filed and victim services will be offered.
As there are many emotional factors involved, it is not uncommon for a victim of domestic violence to question or delay reporting an assault. This is an on-going investigation and updates will be made as information becomes available.
Here’s the statement from Dallas Police:
The Dallas Police Department has conducted the appropriate investigative follow-up to the report forwarded to us by the Ft. Worth Police Department regarding an alleged incident involving Johnny Manziel. Investigative efforts to date have not resulted in the filing of a criminal complaint and the incident is determined to be closed. No further statement is expected at this time.
Adam Schefter reports that Fort Worth PD has also said no offense occurred and there is will be no criminal investigation involving Manziel.
The Fort Worth police report from the incident involving Browns QB Johnny Manziel and his ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley says that she told police Manziel struck her several times and appeared to be on drugs.
“He grabbed me by my hair and threw me back into the car and got back in himself,” she reportedly told police, via WFAA. “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.”
Crowley told police that she didn’t want to leave with Manziel because she was scared for her life. However, the valet at their hotel told her “I don’t know what to do” and let Manziel leave with her.
“I was crying and begged the valet, ‘Please don’t let him take me. I’m scared for my life!‘” she told police.
Crowley also told police that Manziel told her “shut up or I’ll kill us both” after forcing her into a car, hitting her, and dragging her by the hair.
After they made it home to her apartment in Fort Worth, they continued to argue. Manziel later realized she tried to contact her parents, which led to her grabbing a knife and Manziel fleeing on foot.
“I was in my kitchen, so out of fear for my life, I pulled a knife out of my knife block and advanced toward him,” Crowley told police.
The NFL has released the following the statement regarding Manziel, per Tom Pelissero:
“Our review of this incident began when it happened. We are aware of the police report.”
Previous reports have said that while the woman was uncooperative at the scene, she expressed concern for Manziel’s well-being, which led to Fort Worth police using a helicopter to search for Manziel.
Fort Worth police attempted to call Manziel and searched for him around the city before it was later determined by officers that he was safe and wasn’t in danger.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media recently reported that the Browns will cut Manziel when the new league year begins on March 9.
The Browns have $20 million in cap space for 2015, which will be carried over to 2016. However, Manziel’s guarantees need space to be absorbed in 2015 and they currently have no cap space, which explains why they plan to wait for the new league year.
On March 9th, Cleveland can cut Manziel and take a cap hit of $4,333,487, according to Joel Corry. Manziel’s 2017 salary guarantee will immediately hit their salary cap.
Cleveland Browns VP of Football Operations Sashi Brown released a statement Tuesday regarding the off-the-field incidents involving Manziel, saying that they plan to address his status with team once the league rules permit.
“We’ve been clear about expectations for our players on and off the field. Johnny’s continual involvement in incidents that run counter to those expectations undermines the hard work of his teammates and the reputation of our organization. His status with our team will be addressed when permitted by league rules. We will have no further comment at this time.”
Manziel, 23, is in the second year of his four-year, $8,247,250 rookie contract that included $6,702,625 guaranteed. He’ll make a base salary of $794,936 this season and another $1,169,872 in 2016.
This season, Manziel appeared in nine games and thrown for 1,500 yards while completing 57.8 percent of his passes to go along with seven touchdowns and five interceptions. Manziel has also ran for 230 yards. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 31 quarterback out of 36 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding Manziel as the news is available.