The NFL reportedly could put Johnny Manziel on paid leave as it continues its investigation into an incident involving the Cleveland Browns quarterback and his girlfriend should it be determined he violated the league’s personal conduct policy.
Manziel’s latest off-the-field incident involved an Oct. 12 traffic stop that involved a disagreement over the nature of an argument with girlfriend Colleen Crowley, who accused Manziel of pushing her head against the car window during the alleged altercation.
It was determined by police that both parties had been drinking but that Manziel was not intoxicated. Witness accounts of the incident included allegations that Manziel was driving erratically and that Crowley attempted to exit the moving vehicle.
Crowley declined to press charges related to the incident, but that does not mean the NFL couldn’t proactively discipline Manziel to some extent, even as the league’s investigation into the matter remains ongoing.
“If an investigation leads the Commissioner to believe that you may have violated this Policy by committing any of the conduct identified above, he may act where the circumstances and evidence warrant doing so,” the NFL personal conduct policy states, via an ESPN report. “This decision will not reflect a finding of guilt or innocence and will not be guided by the same legal standards and considerations that would apply in a criminal trial.”
Source: Sportress of Blogitude | Jason Rowan