Women’s rights group calls for NFL to suspend Browns’ Johnny Manziel
CLEVELAND- A women’s organization is calling on the NFL to suspend Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel following a domestic dispute last month.
On Oct. 12, officers found Manziel and his girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, on the side on Interstate 90 near the Nagel Road ramp. According to the police report, the couple had been arguing and Crowley threw Manziel’s wallet out the car window.
The quarterback told police Crowley tried to get out of the car and he pulled her back in. The report said the officer noticed a small cut on Crowley’s arm.
“Once again, the NFL is sweeping violence against women under the rug. We are appalled that Commissioner Goodell and the Cleveland Browns are allowing Johnny Manziel to start in tonight’s game just weeks after multiple witnesses were forced to call 911 over a domestic violence incident with his girlfriend,” UltraViolet cofounder Shaunna Thomas said in a news release on Thursday.
NFL investigators spoke with Manziel about the incident at the Cleveland Browns training facility last week to determine if he violated the league’s personal conduct policy.
“Manziel is under investigation by the league itself, and should be suspended without pay until this incident is resolved. Literally the moment Roger Goodell and the NFL sense that people have stopped watching, they attempt to roll back any small gains we have made in the league on domestic violence. We won’t fall for PR stunts, we need real leadership. This time it is clear: Goodell must go, or we will never see change in the NFL on domestic violence,” Thomas said.
UltraViolet is a mostly online community pushing for equality and an end to domestic violence.
Manziel will start Thursday night in Cincinnati against the unbeaten Bengals.