A 7-4 record and their most recent victory—a 26-24 nail-biter against the Falcons on Sunday—are just two reasons for the Cleveland Browns to be content to stick with their current starting quarterback, Brian Hoyer. Recent news of a Johnny Manziel entourage brawl late Friday night at a Cleveland hotel is another.
The Johnny Manziel entourage brawl in question is believed to have happened at around 2:30 am Saturday morning at “The 9,” an upscale apartment and hotel complex in Cleveland that is a popular spot for professional athletes.
According to reports, a Browns fan by the name of Chris Gonos spotted Manziel near the hotel elevator, and when he went to greet the backup quarterback, he was punched in the face by a member of the Johnny Manziel entourage, sparking the melee.
Here’s Gonos’ account of the entire incident:
“Yeah, it actually all started through me. We had a room — it was my brother’s birthday — so we were staying at the Metropolitan at the 9. We partied there, and at the end of the night I was going back up to my room, and I noticed the guy. I was like, ‘Man, that’s Johnny Manziel.’ They were trying to keep it quiet, keep it low, and I was like ‘Johnny Football!’ I was just excited. But anyways, I went to give him like a handshake, or dap or whatever you want to call it, one of his buddies like tackled me. It was going down, a whole bunch of people started fighting. It ended pretty quick.”
“I got a bruised hip and a bruised elbow, and somebody hit me in the back of the head, too. My brother saw what was going on and he ran he tackled Johhny Manziel — I guess he got the sack and the fumble. He tackled him, yeah, I’m talking about he speared him all the way to the back wall. I was cornered; I was by myself and Johnny Manziel and like three or four of his buddies were all coming at me. (My brother) just came to help me out, and I guess Johnny sucker punched him while the security guard was holding him. It should be all on video.”
“No [one was arrested], like 20 officers came and I was sitting in the lobby because I did not do anything wrong but be a fan. All these cops run into the lobby, and they’re like, “Who was fighting, who was fighting?” and I just raised my hand, and was like, listen, watch the camera, and stuff like that. I may be guilty of being a fan, but that’s about it. I even showed them the guy that sucker punched me and the cops walked right up to him, talking to him for a while, and they let us all go. They just told me I had to leave the hotel, and me and my ride, we left. Manziel never punched me, but he got a sucker punch on my brother.”
“I know somebody else in the group smashed Johnny right in the face. Smashed him, smashed him. I watched the whole game to see if we could spot him on the sidelines.”
You may want to take that story with a grain of salt, as Gonos’ past has us questioning his credibility. But regardless of how much of that story is true, the fact of the matter is the Johnny Manziel entourage was involved in a brawl at 2:30am on Saturday. And that has to worry the Browns’ organization. It has already created enough of a stir to cause Cleveland Browns General Manager Ray Farmer to release the following statement on the matter:
“We are aware of the incident and are in the process of gathering additional information in order to gain a complete understanding of what occurred. Nonetheless, the time of the incident is concerning to us. We continually stress to all of our players the importance of sound decision making in an effort to avoid putting themselves in these types of situations. We have addressed this appropriately with the player and will have no further comment at this time.”
Stay tuned. It may not be long before we get to see some footage of the Johnny Manziel entourage brawling with a fan, via the hotel’s security cameras.
Hat Tip – [Clevescene]