( 4UMF NEWS ) Johnny Manziel’s Father Fears For Son’s Life:
Johnny Manziel now has serious legal trouble added on to all his other baggage. The Dallas Police Department announced Friday night that it is launching a criminal investigation into a domestic violence incident involving the Browns quarterback and his ex-girlfriend, Colleen Crowley.
Manziel reportedly threatened to kill both Crowley and himself last week. A police report confirmed that he struck her “several” times, although it took until now for the probe to get launched.
“As there are many emotional factors involved, it is not uncommon for a victim of domestic violence to question or delay reporting an assault,” Dallas Police said in a statement.
Meanwhile concern for Manziel, 23, is at an all-time high, with his dad saying he won’t live to see his next birthday if he doesn’t change his ways. Manziel reportedly declined two of his family’s attempts to get him into rehab since last week, and his family is growing increasingly concerned for the troubled quarterback, Manziel’s father, Paul Manziel, told the Dallas Morning News on Friday.
“I truly believe if they can’t get him help, he won’t live to see his 24th birthday,” the worried dad told The Dallas Morning News.
Paul Manziel is just the latest to speak out about the future of the soon-to-be-released Cleveland Browns QB.
Earlier Friday morning, Manziel’s agent of two years, Erik Burkhardt, severed their relationship, a rare move by an agent.
On Friday afternoon, Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam told reporters in San Francisco that he’s tried to reach out to Manziel multiple times but has not received any response. The hard-partying quarterback was last seen at a Dallas Mavericks game on Wednesday. The Browns have already said they plan to release Manziel next month.
“Johnny has not responded to us,” Haslam said, according to reports, “but we will do everything we can to help him personally. . . . I think it’s a personal issue now. It’s not a football issue.”
Even Ryan Leaf, once a former troubled QB himself, has chimed in on the Manziel issue. Leaf, the No. 2 pick (behind Peyton Manning) in the 1998 NFL draft, was jailed twice stemming from a Vicodin addiction. He said it was “like a mirror, it really is” watching Manziel fall apart. “I can relate to so many things,” Leaf told KESN 103.3 FM. “Asking for help might be the strongest thing you ever do.”
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell indicated that his ballyhooed personal conduct policy is in place to help young players such as Manziel stay out of trouble.
“I’ve said this many times over the last year,” Goodell said at his Super Bowl press conference. “There’s a tremendous amount of focus — and I understand it — from the public, from the media, on discipline. But that’s a small part of our personal conduct policy. Our personal conduct policy is to try to prevent these incidents from happening.”
He added that the league has plenty of “services” — including counseling — in place to assist troubled players such as Manziel.
Paul Manziel told the Dallas Morning News the family tried to check him into Enterhealth Ranch, an addiction facility in Van Alstyne, Tex., on Saturday, a day after the police report on the incident was filed.
On Tuesday, Paul Manziel said he checked his son into Carrollton (Tex.) Springs Hospital, a psychiatric and chemical dependency facility. But the QB continues to insist that he is fine and does not need intervention.