Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel’s off-field reputation took another hit Saturday, as he was involved in an altercation with his girlfriend.
According to Omar Villafranca of CBS News, police in Fort Worth, Texas, confirmed the incident but said the signal-caller was not arrested:
The 23-year-old former Heisman Trophy winner threw for 1,500 yards, seven touchdowns and five interceptions in six starts (nine games) for the Browns this season.
This isn’t the first time police have gotten involved after an incident between Manziel and his girlfriend, Colleen Elizabeth Crowley. According to ESPN.com’s Pat McManamon, Manziel was pulled over near Cleveland in October after he and Crowley engaged in an argument.
The former Texas A&M standout admitted to drinking earlier in the day, and Crowley allegedly told police he had pushed her head against the window, but Manziel was not arrested.
Manziel entered a rehab facility in early 2015. He was demoted to third string at one point after lying to the Browns about a video that surfaced during the season showing him partying.
Also, a report from ESPN Las Vegas radio host Mitch Moss emerged alleging Manziel wore a disguise while partying in Las Vegas late in the season.
Manziel was seemingly on thin ice after all those incidents, and that reached another level when Cleveland hired Hue Jackson as its head coach Jan. 13. McManamon reported Thursday that Jackson had yet to talk to the former first-round pick.
That furthered the expectation the Browns would part ways with Manziel, and Benjamin Allbright of AM1340 in Denver believes Manziel’s fate is all but seale.
While Manziel is a talented player, his on-field performance has undoubtedly been overshadowed by his personal life through two NFL seasons.
His play hasn’t been strong enough to warrant ignoring the outside noise, and while it is unclear if any legal ramifications could result from this incident, Manziel hasn’t yet shown Cleveland or other teams he is willing to change in pursuit of a successful career.