Thursday, January 18, 2018
Sports

Father worried for Manziel's life

Johnny Manziel's family is concerned for his well-being as his NFL career and personal life falter, but the quarterback has twice declined to be admitted to area rehabilitation facilities in the last week, according to his father.

"I truly believe if they can't get him help, he won't live to see his 24th birthday," Paul Manziel told the Dallas Morning News.

And Dallas police are opening a criminal investigation into a reported assault by the 23-year-old Browns quarterback on his ex-girlfriend.

A day after saying its investigation was closed, police said in a statement Friday night that it received a complaint of a domestic violence assault that occurred Jan. 29. The statement listed Manziel as the suspect and said detectives would investigate and determine whether criminal charges were warranted.

Colleen Crowley told Fort Worth police that Manziel was "aggressive" toward her after they were out with friends last weekend in Dallas. She said he struck her, including once in the left ear, before they drove back to Fort Worth and he was physical with her during the ride. Crowley said she later fled her apartment and ran to a neighbor's for help.

The Dallas police statement noted that "as there are many emotional factors involved, it is not uncommon for a victim of domestic violence to question or delay reporting an assault."

On Wednesday, Crowley got a protective order against Manziel, stating he must stay at least 500 feet from Crowley's residence and place of work, and owes $12,000 in legal fees.

Paul Manziel said he first tried to get his son to enter the Enterhealth Ranch addiction facility in Van Alstyne on Jan. 30, but he would not stay.

Manziel's father also said he tried on Tuesday to have his son admitted to Carrollton Springs Hospital, about 25 miles north of Dallas, but that Manziel was allowed to leave.

On Friday, Manziel's agent Erik Burkhardt also voiced concern for his client and said he is terminating their professional relationship.

Manziel spent time in a rehab facility last spring. The Browns are expected to release the 2014 first-round draft choice in March.

Stadium updates: Commissioner Roger Goodell pledged "to do everything possible" to help teams in Oakland and San Diego work to get new stadiums in their current markets. "The league supports both of these teams, but we are working very hard with not only the teams but the communities to try to find a solution that works for everybody," Goodell said at a news conference. The Rams moved to Los Angeles from St. Louis. The Chargers will play in San Diego in 2016, but chairman Dean Spanos has an option to join the Rams at a new stadium being built in Inglewood if the city and team can't work out a deal. The Raiders also wanted to move to Los Angeles, but owner Mark Davis might look at other cities — he says that Las Vegas intrigues him — if the franchise can't find a deal with Oakland.

Also, Goodell said of the risk of concussions that football might be hazardous but, "There are risks in life. There are risks sitting on a couch."

Burress case: Former receiver Plaxico Burress has five years to repay New Jersey $56,000 in back taxes and restitution or face going to jail for 364 days, a judge said. Burress received five years' probation.

Mexico game: The Raiders will host the Texans Nov. 21 at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, the league's first regular-season game in Mexico since 2005.

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