Johnny Manziel said he did everything he could to escape a "very aggressive" fan before an altercation in the lobby of the Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback's apartment building.
Speaking Friday for the first time since last week's incident, Manziel said the man, identified in a police report as Chris Gonos, was "a very intoxicated, very aggressive person that approached me in the lobby." Manziel said he went out dinner last Friday night with his mother and roommate and had returned to The 9, a downtown hotel where he has an apartment, when he was confronted by "what has been made out to be a fan."
Manziel did not name Gonos but said the man was "putting his hands on me, kind of toying with me." The former Heisman Trophy winner said he and his roommate tried to coax the man into another elevator and "the guy got very aggressive" before security was able to intervene.
Manziel declined to provide any details about the skirmish, which police said took place at 2:30 a.m., and he would not say if he threw any punches. Manziel showed no visible markings from the altercation. He said he does not plan to press charges.
Gonos had told police he was struck and assaulted by "Johnny Football and his entourage."
The San Francisco 49ers' 19-3 loss to archrival Seattle on Thanksgiving night produced ripple effects Friday, when owner Jed York said the team's effort "wasn't acceptable," and the daughter of the club's general manager tweeted that the offensive coordinator should be fired.
Cassie Baalke, daughter of GM Trent Baalke, called for offensive coordinator Greg Roman's ouster before quickly deleting her Twitter post and later closing the account altogether. Trent Baalke issued a statement Friday saying he and Cassie had apologized to Roman.
The Houston Texans said rookie defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft, will miss Sunday's game against Tennessee after he experienced swelling in his surgically repaired right knee. Clowney had said Thursday he was unlikely to play.