The four-page affidavit, published Monday by the Dallas Morning News, also asserts that Manziel forced Crowley, his ex-girlfriend, into his car and told her he’d kill them both. The altercation ended, the document said, after a neighbor intervened and Manziel ran away.
The case remains under investigation by the Dallas and Fort Worth police, who have yet to press charges against the athlete. Tarrant County District Judge Michael Sinha, however, granted Crowley’s request for a protective order, which prohibits Manziel from contacting her for two years.
So far, Manziel remains on the Browns’ roster. His first contract with the team, signed in 2014, averages nearly $2.1 million a year over four years.
Crowley's accusations, the NFL’s first high-profile domestic violence charge of 2016, are a grim reminder of the violence against women that has for years plagued the league. Despite its recent efforts to quash brutality among players, data suggests that the trend shows no sign of slowing down.
Since 2000, USA Today has recorded 92 arrests of NFL players related to domestic violence.
FiveThirtyEight’s Benjamin Morris crunched federal data to measure the league’s domestic violence arrest rate against the general population of American men’s, ages 25 to 29. Domestic violence, he found, accounted for a whopping 48 percent of arrests for violent crimes among the football players, compared to 21 percent among non-football players.
Last year, eight NFL players were arrested on suspicion of committing violence against women, an increase from five in 2014. Half of those athletes still play in the league.
- Indianapolis Colts linebacker Josh McNary was arrested in January 2015 on charges related to rape after police said he sexually assaulted a woman and they found blood at his apartment and documented scratches across his body. A jury later acquitted McNary, who rejoined the team.
- New Orleans Saints linebacker Junior Galette was arrested in January 2015 when he was accused of causing a woman to bleed from her ear while trying to remove her from his house. Prosecutors dropped the case.
- San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks was arrested in August 2015 on accusations of sexual battery after police said he sexually touched a knocked-unconscious woman at a party. He still plays for the 49ers.
- San Francisco 49ers fullback Bruce Miller was arrested in March 2015 on a domestic violence charge after police said he threw his fiance’s cellphone against a parking garage wall. Miller pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor charge and agreed to enroll in 16 weeks of counseling.
In the four other cases, the teams chose to boot the players.
- Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Justin Cox was arrested in July 2015 on charges related to domestic violence, trespassing and burglary — his second domestic violence arrest in eight months. The Chiefs released Cox the next day.
- Atlanta Falcons linebacker Prince Shembo was arrested on an animal cruelty charge in May 2015 after he kicked to death his former girlfriend’s Yorkie dog. The Falcons released him that day.
- Chicago Bears defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested in May 2015 after authorities said he shoved his ex-fiance while she held their 2-month-old boy, with video capturing part of the assault. The Bears dropped him that day.
- Detroit Lions offensive lineman Rodney Austin was arrested on a domestic violence charge in April 2015 after officers said he pushed the mother of his child while she held the baby and smashed her phone. The team cut him a week after the arrest.
The charges against Manziel, his second related to domestic violence in a year, come two years after Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was arrested for knocking out his then-fiancee at an Atlantic City hotel. The league, in a move that sparked international criticism, suspended him for only two games.
TMZ released graphic video of the punch after Rice’s initial punishment, captioning the footage: “This is what a two-game suspension looks like.” The footage inspired the NFL to indefinitely suspend Rice, who is still fighting to return.
The NFL’s revised Personal Conduct Policy, adopted soon after the Rice video leak, allows teams to immediately place players on paid leave pending the outcome of league investigations and criminal proceedings.
On Super Bowl Sunday, just before the third quarter started, the NFL aired a no-frills PSA from No More, a campaign urging bystanders to help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. (The league partnered with the group after the Rice video surfaced.)
A text message flashed across the screen: “Jake is in one of his moods. I should prob not go out.”
The response: “Again?”
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