We Should Talk About Johnny Manziel The Way We Talked About Greg Hardy
Recently our own Eric Goldschein wrote an incredibly insightful piece regarding the possibility that more is at stake for Johnny Manziel than his NFL career. He considered whether Manziel's life is on the line. As it turns out, the former football prodigy is more off the rails than anyone realized and it's not just his own life that he is endangering.
On Monday, NBC5 Dallas Forth-Worth and Deadspin's' Diana Moskovitz published the affidavit that details the disturbing account of the domestic violence that Manziel's ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley suffered at the hands of the Browns quarterback.
Crowley's statement, which was given two days after incident occurred, presented a timeline of the night that included Manziel restraining her, beating her and threating to kill her. According to Crowley, the violence began in Manziel's room at Hotel Zaza where the couple had planned on staying for the night. After arguing with him about rumors involving another woman, Manziel threw her on the bed and when she tried to leave, he“restrained her” from opening the door.
Crowley stated “[I] became very scared he was going to hurt me."
Crowley goes on to explain how Manziel smashed her phone once they were back at her apartment, and when he questioned whether she was trying to FaceTime her parents from her computer, she began to fear for her safety and grabbed a knife and moved toward him. He ran from the house but was apparently still waiting in the parking lot when an upstairs neighbor asked if she needed help and she screamed yes.
That's when Manziel finally took off.
Upon releasing the affidavit, NBC5 provided a quote from Crowley's attorney Kathy Kinser, who confirmed that Manziel had hit her so hard that it ruptured her eardrum.
"They expect [the ear] to heal, but it'll take a while," Kinser said.
Crowley was granted a restraining order that requires Manziel to stay away from her for two years, and the Dallas police are investigating further.
This is a cut and dry case of the same type of psychotic and possibly deadly violence that Greg Hardy was lambasted for in the aftermath of revealing documents and photos of his beating of ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder. Thinkpieces and monologues all over the internet and TV took the Cowboys to task for employing Hardy and calling him a leader, and took the NFL to task for not imposing harsher punishment.
Meanwhile, the focus of the mainstream media's critcism of Manziel has remained a rallying cry for him to "stop partying" and "get his act together" and "get in rehab" and various other statements that imply that he needs to straighten out and live up to his potential.
But the fact of the matter is that he is no different than Hardy. This account is horrifying. This is criminally violent behavior. There is no way to justify any of this. He's not just a spoiled alcoholic frat boy with a bad work ethic. He's someone who is mentally and emotionally disturbed, and needs to be treated as such. Just as Hardy should've been.
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