In a report that is at times difficult to read, Dallas's ABC affiliate WFAA has outlined details from last week's domestic incident involving Johnny Manziel and his ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley. I recommend everyone read the full article, but here are some of the worst parts:
"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."
She says at that time Manziel "started laughing" and then reportedly yelled at her to "shut up or I'll kill us both."
Crowley claims Manziel became angry, and smashed her phone. He then went outside and started "pacing," she told police. While she was alone, she tried to use her computer to contact her parents through Apple's FaceTime video chat system.
She said Manziel came back into the apartment, checked her computer, and realized she had tried to contact her parents.
"I was in my kitchen, so out of fear for my life, I pulled a knife out of my knife block and advanced toward him," Crowley told police.
"He ran out of the apartment," she said. When she saw him in the parking lot, she said she banged on a neighbor's door and screamed for help. Manziel fled on foot, she told police.
For his part, Manziel has denied the report, stating in no uncertain terms that "it didn't happen." While it's impossible to know for sure what actually happened that night, given everything we know I personally am inclined to believe Crowley's story is closer to the truth.
This story stopped being about football a long time ago. The Cleveland Browns have basically confirmed that they will be cutting the troubled quarterback. Manziel will no longer be a member of the Browns, nor should he be. At this point, all we can do is hope that everyone involved gets the help they need. I would like to believe this is rock bottom for Johnny Manziel, but somehow I have my doubts.