Johnny Manziel is on top of the world. At least as much as the starting quarterback of a 2-8 team can be.
This afternoon, the NFL cleared Manziel of any wrongdoing in a roadside domestic incident on October 12. The league conducted an investigation into the matter, but found no reason to discipline the 22-year-old Texas native.
The news closely followed head coach Mike Pettine's announcement that Manziel will be the team's starting quarterback for the remainder of the season.
The NFL released a statement this afternoon regarding its investigation into Manziel's incident with girlfriend Colleen Crowley:
"Consistent with the procedures of the league's Personal Conduct Policy, we have examined the available evidence regarding the recent incident involving Johnny Manziel. Our investigation included 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. In all cases of this nature, our concern under the Personal Conduct Policy goes well beyond the issue of discipline, and we have made comprehensive professional resources available on a confidential basis ... "
Charges were not filed by Crowley or the police for the incident. Multiple bystanders witnessed Manziel speeding and restraining Crowley. According to Crowley, Manziel laid his hands on her, but she said she did not feel threatened.
Following questioning, Avon police allowed Crowley to return home with Manziel. His breath smelled of alcohol, as he admitted to drinking earlier in the day, but he did not show any signs of drunkenness to the police officers. Manziel reportedly went to a rehab facility for excessive alcohol consumption this offseason.
After news of the incident spread, both Manziel and Crowley acknowledged the dispute and affirmed all that both were fine.
Manziel released the following statement today through friend and advisor Brad Beckworth today after the NFL cleared him:
"I appreciate the NFL's diligence and discretion in reviewing a situation that was both personal and embarrassing. Colleen and I cooperated fully with the NFL's process and completely support their goals of making sure that every family under their umbrella is safer and more secure. I'm grateful that the review was so thorough and fair that there should be no question left in the public mind about what actually happened. I'm looking forward to focusing my energies on our start against the Ravens and bringing in a win for our fans in Cleveland."
Now cleared to start by the Browns and the NFL, Manziel will assume the reigns of the offense heading into the Browns' matchup with the Ravens on November 30.
Manziel is 1-2 as a starter this season following Sunday's loss to the Steelers. The second-year quarterback has completed 76-of-128 passes for 933 yards, five touchdowns, and two interceptions this season.