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Manziel's ex-girlfriend says he hit her repeatedly

FORT WORTH, Texas — Acting as if he were "on some kind of drugs," Johnny Manziel's ex-girlfriend told police he repeatedly struck her after a fight that began at a Dallas hotel and continued as he drove her home to Fort Worth, according to a police report released Thursday.

It's the first details of an altercation that took place between the Browns quarterback and Colleen Crowley. Manziel was being investigated for a possible assault, but both Fort Worth and Dallas police have not charged him.

Manziel, however, is facing punishment by the NFL, which is investigating the incident. League spokesman Greg Aiello said in an email that "we are aware of the police report. Our review is continuing."

It's the second time since October that Manziel has been under review by the league for a domestic incident. He was cleared of wrongdoing after he and Crowley got into a heated roadside argument in Avon, Ohio.

Manziel told TMZ Sports on Thursday that he didn't strike Crowley and that he was not a threat to her or himself. "I'm completely stable," he told TMZ, which did not provide video of its interview. "I'm safe and secure."

Crowley told officers she had been with Manziel and others at the ZaZa hotel in Dallas on Friday night but that the pair were left alone after other friends left.

She said Manziel began acting aggressive toward her, as if "he was on some kind of drugs," the report states. She insisted to police that he was not intoxicated.

She said Manziel struck her several times, including in the left ear, then insisted on driving her home to Fort Worth because he didn't want her to drive intoxicated.

On the ride home, she told officers, he struck her several times but was "somewhat vague on the details of the assault," according to the report that included numerous redactions in the narrative.

Crowley said upon arriving at her apartment near TCU, she ran in and out of her front door in attempt to get away from Manziel. She told officers she ran to a neighbor's door to seek help, at which time Manziel fled on foot.

As the interview continued, she expressed concern about Manziel, prompting police to dispatch a helicopter to search for him. After several attempts to locate Manziel, including contacting his parents, who had recently moved to Fort Worth, officers were able to talk to his father who said he had seen his son and that he was "doing fine," the report states.

Fort Worth police said they do not expect to seek charges against Manziel.

Dallas police, who had been alerted to the incident by Fort Worth police about the possible assault in their jurisdiction, said in an email that they remain in the preliminary stages of their investigation and had no further information to release.

Bucs sign local

TAMPA — The Bucs signed former Lakewood High and Toledo receiver Bernard Reedy to a futures contract, the first signing since Dirk Koetter was named head coach. The 5-foot-9 Reedy, 24, was a rookie with Atlanta in 2014 when Koetter was offensive coordinator there, spending the season on the Falcons' practice squad.

women's 'Rooney rule': Commissioner Roger Goodell will implement a "Rooney Rule" requiring that women be interviewed for executive positions with teams around the league and in his own office, too. Goodell made the announcement at the first NFL Women's Summit, part of Super Bowl 50. "We have something called the Rooney Rule, which requires us to make sure when we have an opening that on the team or the league level that we are going to interview a diverse slate of candidates," he said. "Well, we're going to make that commitment and … are going to do that for women as well in all of our executive positions." The Bills hired the NFL's first full-time female assistant coach last month, Kathryn Smith, as special teams quality control coach.

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