A man alleged that he walked up to Manziel, was punched in the face and then beaten down by Manziel's "crew." Manziel's agent denied that Manziel was with an entourage, and Manziel reportedly was not listed as a suspect in the police report. Browns general manager Ray Farmer later released a statement saying the team was aware of the incident.
Manziel, 21, said the man, 33-year-old Chris Gonos, was drunk and aggressive and that he "came at" Manziel's roomate, according to a report from Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland. Manziel said the man accosted him in the lobby of the hotel and put his hands on Manziel as Manziel tried to make his way back up to his room.
Manziel reportedly did not elaborate on details of the incident and said that neither he nor his roommate intend to press charges.
From the report:
"As this man kept attempting to come at me, just being extremely aggressive, and as we tried to coax him into getting into his elevator and going on about the night, the guy got very aggressive and luckily for us....security was able to get things under wraps.
"(He) came at my roommate. There was no entourage with me. I was with one other person and my mother was upstairs, so it's about as much entourage as you get being with my mom.
"As it escalated and it got a little under control, security got it under wraps and I was able to get up into my room.''
Manziel, a first-round draft pick out of Texas A&M, has attempted only one pass while appearing in two games this season as Brian Hoyer's backup.
- Chris Johnson