Cleveland Browns quarterback and former Heisman trophy winner Johnny Manziel is under a criminal investigation after allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley on January 30th. Last week, Crowley spoke to Dallas police and filed a protective order against Manziel which was released on Monday by Crowley’s attorney Kathy Kinser.
The affidavit states that Johnny Manziel had met up with Crowley and her friends at a club in Fort Worth, following the club, Crowley and her friends returned to the Hotel where Manziel and Crowley were both staying at, they then hung out in Manziel’s room before Crowley’s three friends left. Once Manziel and Crowley were alone, they began talking about issues that the two have had in their relationship. Crowley said that if she stayed in Manziel’s room, she told him she would be sleeping on the couch.
Manziel, then threw her on the bed, she tried to leave, but he “restrained her” from opening the door and exiting. She, then states that she “became very scared he was going to hurt me.”
Finally, Manziel and Crowley, “against her will” exited through the back of the Hotel where Manziel then dragged her down some steps. As they passed a valet, Crowley states she pleaded with a valet, “please don’t let him take me. I’m scared for my life!” The valet responded that he didn’t know what to do.
Manziel took her to Crowley’s car, where she got into the passenger seat, “against my will.” As he was backing up, she jumped out, ran across the street and hid behind some bushes. Manziel made a U-turn to where she was, grabbed her by her hair and threw her into the car. Crowley states that Manziel “hit me with his open hand on my left ear for jumping out of the car, I realize immediately that I could not hear out of that ear, and I cannot today.” — Today was February 3rd, the day of the filing.
After they arrived at Crowley’s apartment in Fort Worth, the altercation continued but Crowley states it was more “verbal than physical.” Manziel destroyed Crowley’s cell phone and restrained her from contacting her parents. Fearing for her life, she pulled a knife on Manziel and “advanced towards him.” — Manziel, then ran out of her apartment where she proceeded to get help from her neighbor.
After Manziel had seen that she got help from her neighbor, Manziel fled the scene.
According to WFAA in Dallas, Crowley’s request of a restraining order was granted, and it requires Manziel to stay away from Crowley for two years. Dallas Police are continuing their investigation and have released this statement:
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.
Johnny Manziel will reportedly be released by the Cleveland Browns when the team is eligible to do so. Owner Jimmy Haslem told reporters at the Super Bowl that he had reached out Manziel numerous times for help but he hasn’t returned his calls.
Here’s the full affidavit that was released to NBC 5 in Dallas: