Johnny Manziel Admits to Drinking Again After Road Incident

The Associated Press

Johnny Manziel admitted to drinking alcohol in a driving incident earlier this week that did not result in an arrest.

Witnesses spotted the Cleveland Browns quarterback driving at a high rate of speed late Monday afternoon. His girlfriend admits that they argued. ESPN reports that Colleen Elizabeth Crowley, a TCU student, threw the quarterback’s wallet out the window after he refused to hand over her phone playing music in the car. Manziel told police that he attempted to pull his girlfriend back into the vehicle after she opened the door of the moving car. Manziel’s girlfriend called the dispute “just an argument” and labeled the incident a “private” matter.

Browns beat reporter Mary Kay Cabot relays that Manziel admitted to imbibing two drinks earlier in the day to the investigating officers. Satisfied with his sobriety, and with his girlfriend’s well being, the police allowed the couple to proceed on their way after investigating the matter for 27 minutes at 6:20 p.m. on Monday.

“Writer was dispatched to the area of IR 90 westbound for the report of a white Nissan traveling at a high rate of speed with a female passenger trying to exit the vehicle and the male driver pulling her back inside,” reads the report filed by an Avon, Ohio, policeman. “Officers proceeded to the area and located the reported vehicle, pulled off the east side of Nagel Road north of SR 254. Contact was made with both parties and field interviews were conducted. Upon completion of the initial interviews, both parties agreed to leave together and no charges were filed.”

Manziel addressed the incident on Twitter:

After a tumultuous rookie campaign that witnessed the quarterback’s late-night crew involved in a scuffle with an overzealous fan and an injured Manziel miss a walk-through after a night of partying, the former Heisman Trophy winner checked himself into rehab in the offseason.

The quarterback entered camp with a serious, low-key approach. Manziel performed well in two regular season appearances in September, passing for three touchdowns and an interception. He completed 21 of 39 throws for 354 yards. He currently backs up Josh McCown.

“We were aware of the situation,” Browns general manager Ray Farmer explained in a statement. “It is a matter that we take seriously and have expressed our concerns to Johnny directly. Those conversations will remain private and we will refrain from further comment at this time.”

The Browns host the Denver Broncos this Sunday.


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