Johnny Manziel denies hitting and threatening Colleen Crowley
Colleen Crowley, the ex-girlfriend of Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, told police that Manziel physically assaulted her and threatened to kill her over the weekend.
WFAA in Dallas reports that Crowley claims Manziel told her to “shut up or I’ll kill us both” after forcing her into a car, hitting her and grabbing her by the hair. Crowley has reportedly told police that she fears for her safety and is seeking a protective order against Manziel.
Manziel spoke with TMZ on Thursday evening and denied the allegations.
“It didn’t happen,” he said. “I’m completely stable. I’m safe and secure.”
Police were called to Crowley’s house over the weekend after she claimed she was involved in an altercation with Manziel. She reportedly told police she was concerned about Manziel’s well-being, and the department ended up sending a search party out — including a helicopter — to locate Manziel. Crowley was said to be uncooperative with investigators and refused to allow police to photograph her alleged injuries.
According to WFAA, Crowley detailed to police an assault she claims began at Manziel’s hotel room early Saturday morning. Crowley and Manziel reportedly began arguing over another girl, and Crowley claims she tried to leave the room and Manziel wouldn’t let her. She accused Manziel of restraining her and leading her down a hallway.
“I was crying and begged the valet, ‘Please don’t let him take me. I’m scared for my life!'” Crowley told police.
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Sources say Manziel then drove her about a half-mile to her car, which was parked near the Concrete Cowboy bar off Cedar Springs Road. She claims she jumped out of the car and tried to hide from Manziel, but he found her in some nearby bushes.
“He grabbed me by my hair and threw me back into the car and got back in himself,” she reportedly told police. “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 then reportedly hit Manziel several times, hoping to get out of the car, but, she told police, Manziel “threw me off of him” and she hit her head on the car window. She told police he would not give her her phone.
Sources say Manziel then got on Interstate 30 and began driving to her apartment in Fort Worth. While en route, she claims, she yelled at him, “I hate you!” He allegedly replied that “he was going to drop me off, take my car and go kill himself,” sources said.
She says she thought he was on drugs or maybe having a psychotic break. She told police she then began telling him she loved him.
She says at that time Manziel “started laughing” and then reportedly yelled at her to “shut up or I’ll kill us both.” She says they finally made it to her Fort Worth apartment where the argument continued.
Crowley claims Manziel smashed her phone and also began checking her computer and realized she had tried to contact her parents. She says she pulled a knife and “advanced toward him out of fear for my life.” Manziel allegedly fled on foot before police arrived.
Crowley told police that she broke up with Manziel back in December, which is consistent with the rumors we have heard. Reports during the season indicated that the Browns wanted Manziel to break up with Crowley after another incident involving the two in which police were also called. You can see some footage from that incident here.
The Browns released a statement earlier this week ripping Manziel in the wake of the latest off-field drama. They are reportedly expected to release him when the new league year begins in March.
No charges have been filed against Manziel. He told TMZ he is currently preparing for the 2016 season.
“I have great things coming ahead,” Manziel said. “I know I’ve been having fun but I just need to get my body right. I’m 100% committed to playing football.”
Manziel was likely referring to one of the many videos we have seen over the past several months that show him partying.