Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel is speaking up about what went down as he returned to his home one night last week and was approached by a fan, identified as Chris Gonos.
Manziel was with his roommate, Dana Kirk and possibly some ‘security’ at the time of the incident. He had gone out with his mother and Kirk to dinner earlier that evening.
Gonos told police he was simply looking for an autograph and that Manizel’s “entourage” attacked him in the lobby of The 9 hotel/condo building in Cleveland.
“It was a very unfortunate situation, a situation that was tried to be averted at all costs, and one that [I] was unfortunately not able to really get away from,” Manziel said, via ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. “I let [the Browns] know what really happened and wanted them to be on top of it from the very get-go. I’m very thankful for the Browns having my back in all this and at the same time supporting me on a situation that seemed to be a little blown out of proportion.”
Gonos told Clevescene.com that during the fight, Manizel was hit (in Gonos’ words “smashed,”) but Manziel says he never was hit.
“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,” Gonos told the website.
Fowler: ‘[Manziel] briefly raised his maroon beanie from his forehead, likely to show his unmarked face, emphasizing that the media would have noticed if his face was bruised. ‘
Manziel said security quickly “got things under wraps,” but doesn’t go into further detail about whether he participated in getting things under wraps.
“I’m not going to go into exact details of everything that happened,” Manziel said. “It was broken up really fast, and at the time it was more toward my roommate than it was toward me, the initial offering… After there had been some aggressiveness and hostility in the lobby, we didn’t want to enter the elevator with this guy. There was kind of a brief pause trying to decide if we were going to get into the elevator and avert this whole thing or if they were going to go up.”