Johnny Manziel just had another run-in with a heckling fan, and this time the Cleveland Browns quarterback responded by reportedly tossing a water bottle at the teenager.
The incident happened at the Byron Nelson Classic golf tournament this Saturday, Manziel’s agent told Northeast Media Group. Agent Erik Burkhardt said the quarterback alerted security at the tournament.
A photograph showing Manziel talking to police officers had spread on social media, leading many to believe that Manziel was in trouble again, but Burkhardt said it related to his report of harassment.
But it appears that the quarterback wasn’t entirely cool-headed about the incident. Cleveland.com reported that Manziel responded to the young fan by tossing a water bottle his way.
“Irving police spokesman James McLellan told NEOMG that an 18-year-old male fan began harassing the Browns quarterback near the Four Seasons’ pool. Manziel eventually threw a water bottle at the kid, escalating the confrontation. One of Manziel’s friends stepped in to intervene on his behalf and hotel security also got involved, McLellan said.”
This is not the first time Johnny Manziel had a run-in with a fan. Back in November, a “very intoxicated” fan approached Manziel and reportedly put his hands on him, sparking the quarterback’s bodyguards to intervene and sparking a scuffle.
The fan, Chris Gonos, later apologized to Manziel on Facebook and said the incident was misinterpreted.
“First off I would like to apologize for approaching you the way I did. All I ever wanted was to show love and give respect. What occurred that night was a huge misunderstanding. Never did I intend to escalate an altercation. I was simply overwhelmed by seeing the man, which I believe is the quarterback of the future of Cleveland. I apologize for the incident and bringing a negative light to your name and reputation.”
But since the incident, Johnny Manziel has sharpened his focus on the game. After criticism that he spent more time partying than trying to learn the playbook and becoming the team’s starter, Manziel spent most of his offseason in a rehab facility and then moved out of his downtown apartment to live in a quiet golf community in the Cleveland suburbs.
It appears the work is paying off, as Manziel is earning praise from coaches and team management and appears to be in much better position to win the starting job.
Neither Johnny Manziel nor the harassing fan will face charges for the incident at the Byron Nelson Classic this weekend.
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