Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was “harassed” by a fan at the Byron Nelson Classic PGA tournament in Irving, Texas, on Saturday, his agent said.
Manziel responded to the harassment by talking to security officials at the tournament, agent Erik Burkhardt said.
Irving police spokesman James McLellan told Northeast Ohio Media Group that an 18-year-old male began harassing Manziel and the confrontation escalated when Manziel threw a water bottle at him. A friend of Manziel intervened on his behalf and hotel security was also involved.
Police were called and later spoke to both parties, but neither person elected to press charges. McLellan said police did not detect any sign of intoxication from Manziel.
Reports of an incident involving Manziel at the tournament escalated when ESPN’s Colin Cowherd tweeted Sunday morning, “Expect a Johnny Manziel story from Byron Nelson tourney over next day or two.” Photos of Manziel speaking with officers at the tournament also began hitting social media.
Manziel spent 10 weeks this offseason at the Caron addiction treatment center in Pennsylvania for an unspecified issue. He reported to the Browns on the first day of their offseason program last month and has also been at the team’s OTAs the last week, but has yet to speak with media.
- Mike Fiammetta