Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was involved in a fight in downtown Cleveland early Saturday but is not listed as a suspect, according to a police report obtained by ESPN.
The Cleveland Police Department’s report stated that Manziel was approached by a fan named Chris Gonos who says he was assaulted by the rookie quarterback and “his entourage.” The incident was reported at 2:36 a.m. from the Metropolitan at The 9 hotel in Cleveland. The report does not indicate that police made any arrests.
A Manziel associate, listed as Dana Kirk, told police “the victim attempted to assault his client and he defended him,” according to the police report. Gonos, the alleged victim, told police he was “assaulted by Johnny Football and his entourage” after he tried to approach Manziel as a fan by saying, “I’m the biggest Browns fan ever, I love you, I want to give you a hug,” according to the report.
A statement made by Manziel’s agent paints a slightly different picture of the incident.
“Johnny and his roommate had been out to dinner earlier in the evening with Johnny’s mother, who is staying with him this week,” Erik Burkhardt said in a statement. “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 [Browns general manager] Ray Farmer and the team know what happened.”
Farmer said in a statement that the team is gathering information to better understand what occurred.
“Nonetheless, the time of the incident is concerning to us,” Farmer said. “We continually stress to all 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.”
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