Report: Johnny Manziel avoids NFL discipline after alleged domestic dispute

Johnny Football escaped Johnny Law.

Two weeks after police cleared Cleveland Browns backup quarterback Johnny Manziel of any wrongdoing in an alleged domestic incident involving girlfriend Colleen Crowley, the NFL has reportedly done the same.

According to the police report from the alleged altercation, a witness called the authorities when Manziel's car passed her on the shoulder of an interstate and a second witness phoned the police when his vehicle stopped in a Cleveland suburb. Crowley told police Manziel pushed her head into the car window, and Manziel admitted to having two drinks that afternoon, per multiple media accounts of the police report.

Four days later, Manziel and Crowley had straightened out their stories. Nothing to see here, apparently.

"J & I are good," Crowley wrote in a since-deleted Instagram post earlier this month. "I appreciate the people who stopped to check on us and call the police, I could see how it may have looked. Anytime anyone sees a guy and a girl arguing on the side of a road they should definitely stop, you never know what that could be. Fortunately it was just an argument, it was private, and we are all good!"

The NFL, as it's illustrated over the past year, has much broader interpretations of the law than the justice system, and commissioner Roger Goodell holds the authority to discipline players even when police do not, but it seems the league either didn't have enough evidence to punish Manziel or chose to ignore it. Given the NFL's history of dealing with domestic violence, these are the conclusions we're left to make.

At the very least, the Browns have to be concerned about Manziel's judgment, as the evening in question began at a bar around 2 p.m. on a Monday after he spent 10 weeks in rehab during the offseason. In fact, the organization has been "hoping there would be separation" between Manziel and Crowley — his live-in college girlfriend — "for quite some time," an anonymous source told CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora.

Meanwhile, Manziel took the starting QB reps at Wednesday's practice in the absence of Josh McCown, who left Sunday's loss to the St. Louis Rams with rib and shoulder injuries. McCown remains day-to-day.

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