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Cleveland quarterback Johnny Manziel denied that he struck his ex-girlfriend during an altercation in Texas last week and said he wasn't a threat to her or himself.


No charges for Manziel on assault allegations

CLEVELAND — Despite disturbing allegations that he struck his ex-girlfriend, troubled Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has not been charged with a crime and two Texas police departments have closed their cases on a possible assault.

Manziel, who will be released by Cleveland next month, ending two turbulent NFL seasons, was being investigated for allegedly striking Colleen Crowley last weekend. She told police in Fort Worth that Manziel struck her "several times" and that the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner acted "as if he were on some kind of drugs," but she maintained he was not intoxicated.

A police report released Thursday provided the first details of the altercation that took place between Manziel and Crowley, first at a hotel in Dallas and then as the couple drove back to her Fort Worth apartment. Both police departments investigated the incident but didn't charge Manziel.

"It was determined that no reported criminal offense occurred within Fort Worth's jurisdiction," Sgt. Steve Enright said in an email to the Associated Press.

Dallas police issued a statement Thursday night saying they conducted "the appropriate investigative follow-up to the report forwarded to us by the Ft. Worth Police Department regarding an alleged incident involving Johnny Manziel.

Investigative efforts to date have not resulted in the filing of a criminal complaint and the incident is determined to be closed."

Manziel may have scrambled from league worry. However, he's facing punishment by the NFL, which is investigating the incident. League spokesman Greg Aiello said in an email to the AP that "we are aware of the police report. Our review is continuing."

It's the second time since October that Manziel has been under review by the league for a domestic incident. He was cleared of wrongdoing after police were called when he and Crowley got into a heated roadside argument in Avon, Ohio.

Crowley told Fort Worth police that Manziel was "aggressive" toward her after they were out with friends on Friday night at the Zaza Hotel. She said he struck her, including once in the left ear, before they drove back to Fort Worth and he was physical with her during the ride. According to the police report, Crowley was "somewhat vague on the details of the assault."

Crowley said she later fled her apartment early Saturday and ran to a neighbor's for help in an attempt to get away from Manziel, who fled the scene on foot.

Manziel told TMZ Sports on Thursday night that he didn't strike Crowley and added that he was not a threat to her or himself.

"I'm completely stable," he told TMZ, which did not provide any video of its interview. "I'm safe and secure."

Source: NFL planning game next season in Mexico

SAN FRANCISCO — The NFL is planning to play a regular-season game in Mexico City this year, with the Raiders hosting the Texans.

A person familiar with the decision told the Associated Press on Thursday that the NFL will return to Mexico for the first time in 11 years. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the NFL has not announced the game officially.

Commissioner Roger Goodell is expected to do so in his Super Bowl press conference Friday.

A date for the game has not yet been determined. The NFL schedule comes out in the spring.

ESPN.com first reported the Texans-Raiders game would be played in Mexico City.

The Raiders are having stadium issues in California, and the Texans have a strong interest in the Mexican market.

The Raiders applied for relocation to Los Angeles for the 2016 season, but league owners voted to allow the St. Louis Rams to move, and also gave an option to the San Diego Chargers to join the Rams in L.A. That left the Raiders in an outdated stadium while they try to work out something in Oakland.

No NFL game has been played in Mexico since a regular-season match between Arizona and San Francisco in 2005 drew more than 103,000 to Azteca Stadium.

In other news

Lions: Detroit relieved Sheldon White of his duties, according to a report on the team's website.

White was the interim general manager after the Lions fired Martin Mayhew in the middle of the season.

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