Johnny Manziel allegedly involved in late-night fight

BY foxsports • November 24, 2014

CLEVELAND -- Police responded to a Saturday morning fight in which a man alleges he was assaulted by someone in Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel's entourage at a downtown apartment building.

Police were alerted of the incident at the high-end The 9 complex in downtown Cleveland at 2:36 a.m. Saturday. According to the police report, 33-year-old Chris Gonos told police he approached Manziel outside an elevator and told Manziel, "I'm the biggest Browns fan ever, I love you, I want to give you a hug" before taking a step toward the group.

Punches allegedly started flying and security guards intervened. Gonos told police he was punched first by someone in Manziel’s entourage -- not Manziel -- but that the Browns backup quarterback both threw punches and took them during the fracas.

Gonos told Cleveland Scene Magazine on Monday that he "went to give (Manziel) like a handshake, or dap or whatever you want to call it, (and) one of his buddies like tackled me. It was going down, a whole bunch of people started fighting. It ended pretty quick.

"I got a bruised hip and a bruised elbow, and somebody hit me in the back of the head, too. My brother saw what was going on and he ran, he tackled Johnny Manziel. I guess he got the sack and the fumble. He tackled him, yeah, I'm talking about he speared him all the way to the back wall. I was cornered; I was by myself and Johnny Manziel and like three or four of his buddies were all coming at me. (My brother) just came to help me out, and I guess Johnny sucker punched him while the security guard was holding him. It should be all on video."

Browns general manager Ray Farmer released a statement Monday afternoon that said: "We are aware of the incident and are in the process of gathering additional information in order to gain a complete understanding of what occurred. Nonetheless, the time of the incident is concerning to us. We continually stress to all of our players the importance of sound decision making in an effort to avoid putting themselves in these types of situations. We have addressed this appropriately with the player and will have no further comment at this time."

FOX Sports 1 NFL insider Mike Garafolo obtained a statement from Manziel's agent, Erik Burkhardt, Monday afternoon.

“Johnny and his roommate had been out to dinner earlier in the evening with Johnny’s mother, who is staying with him this week. There was no entourage. Johnny and his roommate were trying to get on the apartment elevator at his home when they were accosted by a very aggressive man and his associates. It was an unfortunate situation and he immediately let Ray Farmer and the team know what happened.”

Scene Magazine's transcription of the police report includes officers referring to Manziel as "Johnny Football."

Manziel hasn't played in a game since September. His late hours and social life became an issue during the offseason as he was photographed at various nightclubs, though it has been some time since any new such incidents surfaced.

The Browns left Saturday afternoon for Atlanta, where they won Sunday. Manziel left the postgame locker room with a hooded sweatshirt and headphones on while most media members were talking outside the locker room with Browns coach Mike Pettine.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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