Johnny Manziel, the highly-touted second-year quarterback for the Cleveland Browns won’t face any disciplinary action from the NFL a month after a domestic violence incident with his girlfriend, league officials announced on Tuesday. The league said in a statement that the decision to not punish Manziel was reached following “a thorough review of information from law enforcement and our own interviews with multiple individuals, including the two involved in the incident. Based on the information gathered, we have concluded that there is an insufficient basis on which to take disciplinary action.”
Last month, Manziel and his girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, were involved in a dispute that reportedly turned physical while in a car. The vehicle was pulled off the road and police were called to the scene by witnesses who watched the dispute unfold. At the time, Crowley told officers that Manziel had hit her a few times, but later backed off that statement saying that marks on her arm were caused by the quarterback holding her arm tightly to prevent her from jumping out of a moving vehicle. At the scene, police said they smelled alcohol on Manziel’s breath, but didn’t administer a sobriety test because he wasn’t exhibiting outward signs of drunkenness.
An advocacy group denounced the league’s decision to not punish Manziel. In a statement made to The Huffington Post, Nita Chaudhary, the co-founder of UltraViolet, a women’s advocacy organization, said, “This case is yet another example of the NFL failing to lead and showing their so-called ‘tough’ domestic violence policy is not worth the paper it is written on.”
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