CLEVELAND — A Browns fan who says he wanted to give Johnny Manziel "a hug" was struck by the rookie quarterback's entourage at a downtown hotel and was left with a swollen eye and lip, police said.
Police were called to The 9, where Manziel has a luxury apartment, after a fight broke out at 2:25 a.m. Friday.
According to a police report, Chris Conos told police he was assaulted by "Johnny Football and his entourage." The 33-year-old fan said he and his girlfriend approached Manziel while waiting for an elevator and he told the first-round draft pick: "I'm the biggest Browns fan ever. I love you. I want to give you a hug."
Conos said he took one step toward Manziel and was punched by a man listed on the report as Dana Kirk. Conos contends he was struck several times in the face and "pushed and attacked" by a group of unidentified men who were with Manziel. Kirk said Conos tried to assault Manziel, and he defended the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner.
Conos sustained a swollen lip and right eye, the report said. No arrests were made.
Browns general manager Ray Farmer said in a statement the team is gathering more information to understand what happened.
"Nonetheless, the time of the incident is concerning to us. We continually stress to all of our players the importance of sound decision making in an effort to avoid putting themselves in these types of situations," Farmer said. "We have addressed this appropriately with the player and will have no further comment at this time."
Manziel, who has been on the field for only a handful of plays this season, traveled with the Browns for their Sunday game in Atlanta.
His late hours and social life became an issue during the offseason when he was photographed at various nightclubs.