Johnny Manziel may have thought that he was in the clear after a situation between Manziel and his girlfriend that resulted in the cops being called, was diffused. Now it is being reported that Manziel may have to take a paid leave of absence throughout the NFL’s investigation.

Genny Noel

Manziel and girlfriend, Colleen Crowley were seen arguing on the side of a highway when police were called. Witnesses called to report the domestic dispute after Crowley reportedly, tried to jump out of the car.

When police questioned the couple, Manziel admitted to drinking earlier in the day, but said that he was not drunk while the incident occurred.

Though Manziel was not subjected to take a breathalyzer exam and the two were sent home together, NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell is still running his own investigation.

ESPN reported that if it is felt that the Cleveland quarterback violated the personal conduct policy, Manziel could face a paid suspension while the analysis continues.

The NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy is as follows:

All persons associated with the NFL are required to avoid “conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in the National Football League.” This requirement applies to players, coaches, other team employees, owners, game officials and all others privileged to work in the National Football League.

For many years, it has been well understood that rules promoting lawful, ethical, and responsible conduct serve the interests of the League, its players, and fans. Illegal or irresponsible conduct does more than simply tarnish the offender. It puts innocent people at risk, sullies the reputation of others involved in the game, and undermines public respect and support for the NFL.

The league will investigate the statement given to the police by Crowley that stated that Manziel had hit her and that she, at one point, feared for her life.

If Goodell does find Manziel in violation of the policy, the young QB could be fined, suspended, or in an extreme case, be banned from the league.

The Browns are expecting Manziel to be set at backup QB during Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams.