CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel's ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley claims he hit her so hard during a confrontation she lost hearing in one ear.
According to an affidavit filed by Colleen Crowley, Manziel threatened to kill himself and her during the ride to Fort Worth. In the affidavit, Crowley also accused Manziel of throwing her onto his bed, then forcing her into his car and beginning to drive away. Crowley said she jumped out of his car, but he chased her down and hit her left ear, rupturing her eardrum.
On Oct. 12 Avon police with dash cam video showed Manziel being questioned for hitting his then girlfriend, Colleen Crowley. She admitted it then, Manziel raised his hand at her but later said she didn't want to make a "big deal of it." Apparently she has changed her mind after the January incident.
We went to the Domestic Child Advocacy Center in Cleveland and a former victim we will call Mary says she understands why a woman would not turn in their man and Mary says sometimes you think the person will change.
"What you don't understand people don't walk up in the beginning of a relationship and hit you," said Mary.
And once the beatings began, calling the police made the abuser angrier, Mary says she was in a no-win situation.
"If he beat me up before I called once he came back the beatings were worse," added Mary.
Director Julie Leggett says that is a classic line trying to get the victim to understand the beaters' emotional pain. And switching the blame onto the victim is often done. "The victim is still being blamed that's the sad part if they would have. No, they are the victim," said Leggett.
Last week Crowley was granted a protective order against Manziel. Soon after, Dallas police announced they had initiated a criminal investigation into the incident.
Manziel is expected to be cut by the Cleveland Browns in March.
The affidavit was sealed but the Dallas Morning News was able to obtain it.
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