TARRANT COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) — Less than a week after Fort Worth police deployed a helicopter to search for former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, a judge has granted a protective order for his ex-girlfriend.
Manziel has to stay away from Colleen Crowley until at least Feb. 3, 2018, including at least 500 feet away from her Fort Worth apartment, according to the order. He also has to pay $12,500 in attorney's fees and can't possess a firearm while the order is in effect.
Crowley requested the order after Manziel, according to her affidavit, threatened to kill her and himself in the midst of a multi-city altercation at the end of January. Since then, Manziel's agent has said he will no longer represent the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner and Cleveland Browns quarterback, and the team appears to be thinking along similar lines.
Dallas police have opened a criminal investigation into the incident in question after receiving a complaint of a domestic violence assault that happened on Jan. 30 that lists Manziel as the suspect. Dallas police announced Friday detectives are looking at the case to determine whether any criminal charges will be filed.
In the affidavit requesting the protective order, Crowley says she and three friends started the night of Jan. 29 in Dallas at Victor Tangos restaurant. After stops at a few different bars and clubs, Crowley and two friends met Manziel at Hotel ZaZa, where he was staying, around 1:45 a.m. She stayed behind after her friends left, planning to spend the night, the affidavit says.
That's when things turned.
Crowley says in the affidavit that she and Manziel "started having a discussion about things I had heard earlier in the week about him being with a girl who had caused us problems in the past" and that she would be staying on the couch, if she stayed over. She says Manziel then threw her on the bed, restrained her when she tried to leave and led her down to the valet "presumably" to drive her to her car.
"Please don't let him take me," Crowley told the valet, according to her affidavit. "I'm scared for my life!"
"I don't know what to do," the valet responded, Crowley says.
The affidavit says Manziel threw Crowley in the car and drove to her car parked outside of Concrete Cowboy. After they were both in Crowley's car, Crowley says she jumped out from the passenger seat as Manziel was backing it out of a parking spot. She says he found her hiding in bushes across the street, grabbed her by the hair and threw her back in the car.
"He hit me with his open hand on my left ear for jumping out of the car," her affidavit states. She says she still couldn't hear out of that ear, two days later.
Crowley began hitting Manziel, according to the document. She says Manziel threw her off of him, and she hit her head on the window.
They drove on I-30 toward Fort Worth.
"I hate you! Just leave me alone! I hate you!" Crowley says she told him. "[Manziel] then told me he was going to drop me off, take my car and go kill himself."
Then she switched tactics, thinking he was having a mental breakdown or on drugs, the affidavit says. She says she started telling him she loves him and they can work it out.
She says Manziel laughed and responded to her crying with, "Shut up, or I'll kill us both!" She says she begged him not to kill her, "and he immediately responded, 'I would never kill you. You don't deserve that. I would only kill myself,'" the affidavit says.
When they got to her apartment in Fort Worth, Crowley says Manziel smashed her phone and began pacing outside. After he found out she tried to FaceTime her parents from her computer while he was outside, Crowley says she was in her kitchen, and, "out of fear for my life, I pulled a knife out of my knife block and advanced toward him."
Manziel then ran out of the apartment, she says, and she banged on a neighbor's door for help.
In a previously released 911 call from the incident, a neighbor states Crowley didn't want her to call police.
"I continue to be extremely concerned for my health and well-being," the affidavit says.
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