Johnny Manziel reportedly harassed by man at Byron Nelson Classic

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel reportedly was harassed by man at Byron Nelson Classic

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel reportedly was heckled by a man while attending the Byron Nelson Classic on Saturday.

Police told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that the incident started when an 18-year-old man began harassing Manziel near the pool of the Four Seasons Resort hotel in Irving, Texas, which is hosting the PGA tournament. Manziel threw a water bottle at the man, prompting the quarterback's friend to intervene in order to prevent a confrontation. Hotel security also intervened, Manziel's agent said.

Police were called a short time later but officers declined to press charges after speaking to both parties, the newspaper reported. Police said there was no indication Manziel had been drinking.

“[Manziel] threw [the bottle] toward him but it missed him and I think it was just as much fault on the part of the person that was heckling him to escalate things to that point,” Irving police spokesman James McLellan told the Associated Press. “Johnny didn't really have any kind of a complaint to make. If he did, he didn't say anything.”

Manziel, 22, isn't a stranger to off-field incidents. In November, the former Heisman Trophy winner and his entourage reportedly got into a physical altercation with a fan in Cleveland. The fan later apologized publicly to Manziel.

Manziel has been taking part in voluntary organized team activities with the Browns following his release from a rehabilitation program on April 11. Manziel spent 2 1/2 months in rehab.

Manziel has been criticized in the past for his partying lifestyle reputation. Before entering rehab, Manziel often posted photos of himself on Twitter and Instagram drinking at parties.

A star quarterback at Texas A&M who was drafted 22nd overall by the Browns in 2014, Manziel appeared in five games for the Browns last season, passing for 175 yards. He is expected to battle for the Browns' starting quarterback job this season.

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1:54 p.m.: This post has been updated with a statement from a police spokesman.

This post was first published at 12:23 p.m.

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