Johnny Manziel’s ex-girlfriend spoke out about her troubling relationship with the former Texas A&M and Cleveland Browns quarterback. Many of the details are stunning.
In a piece by the New York Post’s Sara Dorn, the ex-girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, opens up about an “angry and scary” Manziel. She describes him in blunt fashion, saying, “He was just very volatile.” The lifespan of the relationship is revisited, and Crowley explains how she was “lucky to have survived” a dispute in January 2016 when Crowley said a punch from Manziel made her “completely deaf in one ear for three and a half months.” During that episode, Crowley told Dorn, Manziel “threatened to kill them both,” and he was “laughing and crying simultaneously” during a drive to Crowley’s apartment.
“I fought for my life that night,” Crowley told Dorn.
That situation wasn’t the only startling item in the story. Crowley told Dorn that she would lock herself in a closet, room or a bathroom when she and Manziel argued “just to get him away from me.” She said in the piece that, “I felt like I didn’t have control over my body.” She added that Manziel often took away her cellphone during arguments, and he “smashed” four phones because he didn’t want her contacting her parents.
Crowley said she dumped Manziel in January 2016. In April 2016, the former Aggies star was indicted by a Dallas grand jury on a misdemeanor assault charge. In November of that year, a judge dismissed those charges after Manziel took part in anger-management classes and participated in the NFL’s substance-abuse program.
Recently, Manziel has spoken about his struggle with alcohol. He revealed in an interview with Good Morning America that he received a bipolar diagnosis, and he’s hoping to receive another opportunity in football. He will take part in a developmental showcase in Austin, Texas, starting in April.