The world received shocking news a week ago when Forth Worth, Texas police revealed that Johnny Manziel, a notorious NFL football player, had been involved in an incident that resuled in a 911 call. Although the police did not talk to Manziel, they talked to a 23-year old woman named Colleen Crowley who claimed to be his ex-girlfriend. Although the police determined that no crime had occurred within their jurisdiction, something might have happened in Dallas.
It has now come out that Colleen Crowley has retained a well-known Dallas divorce lawyer. She is claiming she has a ruptured eardrum due to Manziel slapping her.
The above image is the statement Colleen Crowley, Johnny Manziel’s former girlfriend, drafted and signed on Monday, February 1, at least 36 hours after the incident occurred. Bear in mind that at the time referenced in the statement, Crowley was intoxicated. In fact, the original report sent out by the Fort Worth police, which did not contain names, said the woman was intoxicated. (I’ve been unable to find the Tweet but my recollection is that it used the word “inebriated.”) We assume that by the time Crowley (or her attorney) drew up the statement, she had sobered up. She says in her statement that she left a Dallas restaurant at 11:15 and didn’t arrive at Manziel’s hotel room at the Zaza Hotel until 2 1/2 hours later, at 1:45. (There are discrepancies between her account and that of the Fort Worth police, which says officers were called at around 2:00 AM. Dallas and Fort Worth are 30 miles apart.)
A careful reading of Crowley’s statement reveals only one allegation that could possibly be substantiated, and then only if it happened within the range of a security camera. That is her claim that he grabbed her hair and threw her in the car (her own.) The only other allegation of bodily harm is the claim that he slapped her left ear (with his open hand.) She claims hearing loss and her attorney says she has a ruptured eardrum but she also indicates that she was attacking him while he was driving and he was pushing her away. She says she hit her head on a window. In short, Manziel may or may not have caused her injury.
Crowley says that she and Manziel had been texting during the time she was clubbing and that she made plans to spend the night with him. However, she also says that they broke up “in December” after living together for “four months” which raises the question of why he invited her to his room. She states that Manziel was not intoxicated; in fact, the most recent media account of him states that he was seen at a basketball game drinking ice water. It is clear from Crowley’s statement that he was not with her and her friends while they were partying. After she got to his room and her friends left, she accosted Manziel about another girl, a girl she evidently doesn’t like, with whom he had evidently been seen. She says the other girl “had caused problems for us in the past”. She says she told Manziel she was going to sleep on the couch then says he “threw me on the bed,” but acknowledges that he said it was “playfully.” It is at that point that things started developing.
Crowley acknowledged to Fort Worth police (but does not mention it in her statement) that Manziel was concerned about her drunken condition and did not want her to leave, which makes sense. It was the wee hours of the morning and her car was parked half a mile away. A drunk girl on the street at 3:00 AM is a target for any pervert who might see her. Then she had a drive of at least 30 miles before her and she was obviously drunk. Manziel decided he would drive her to her car and then drive her home in her own vehicle. Crowley says that he “restrained” her, which evidently means that he had her by the arm.
Now, let’s be frank – her statement reveals that the woman freaked out, just as she had done back in October when she got drunk at a restaurant then tried to climb through the window while he was driving on the freeway. She also threw his wallet out the window before police came up after being notified that a couple were having a fight on the side of the road. In the recent episode, she got mad because he had been seen with another girl and didn’t want him to take her to her car and drive her back to her apartment in Fort Worth. She says she started crying and hitting him. She claims he took her down the back stars of the luxurious hotel where he was staying to the valet. Now, this doesn’t make sense because valet stations are at the front entrance of hotels. She claims she protested to the valet that she feared for her life but the valet responded that he didn’t know what to do. (All he had to do was pick up his phone.)
Crowley does not mention any kind of physical assault until after they got in her car – he first drove her to where it was parked in his own car – and she jumped out and tried to get away. She claims that after he got her back in her car (she says he pulled her by her hair) and got in on the drivers side, he slapped the left side of her face with his open hand. She claimed she couldn’t hear out of it afterward and her lawyer says she has a ruptured hearing. (Loss of hearing is not necessarily the result of a ruptured eardrum.) That is actually the only time she says he hit her. In fact, she says she was hitting him as he drove out of Dallas. She says he pushed her away and she hit her head on the window and fell onto the floorboard. Now, the girl is 5’7″. How she would have fallen onto the floorboard is beyond my comprehension although she was drunk at the time.
She says that after they got back to her apartment the altercation continued but that it was verbal. (She doesn’t say who was doing the talking.) She finally grabbed a kitchen knife and went after him, at which time he left her apartment. After he left, a neighbor called 911. (The neighbor said she heard Crowley screaming. She also says that Crowley didn’t want the police involved.) However, there are conflicts between her statement and what she told the police who interviewed her after responding to the 911 call. This is not surprising since the police said her allegations were “vague.”
This incident was investigated by the Dallas Police Department and the case was closed without any charges being filed. It was opened because Crowley went to the Dallas County DA’s office and filed a charge of domestic violence, which led to a reopening of the case.
The Fort Worth PD officers who answered the 911 call determined that there had been no assault within their jurisdiction. However, they weren’t aware that Crowley attacked Manziel with a knife.