Report: Fan Asks Johnny Manziel For Hug, Sparks Huge Brawl

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Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel and his entourage were involved in a brawl Friday night/Saturday morning at an apartment complex in Cleveland. The fight allegedly started after a fan said he wanted to give Manziel a hug.

Doug Brown of Cleveland Scene acquired the police report and has the details of the brawl involving 33-year-old Chris Gonos, who saw Manziel in the lobby of The 9:

Gonos told police he pointed Manziel out to his girlfriend: "That's Johnny Manziel." Then he approached him.

According to the report, "at this time victim stated to the unidentified male, 'I'm the biggest Browns fan ever, I love you, I want to give you a hug.'"

Gonos stepped towards Manziel and was promptly punched in the face, the alleged victim's account to police says, followed by a beat down by Manziel's crew, giving the man a "swollen lip, right eye swollen, red face." A security guard intervened and also was hurt.

Police who arrived on the scene described it as a "riot"; 20 people and two security guards were reportedly involved in the fight.

Update (2:07 p.m.): Gonos spoke with Cleveland Scene and confirmed that he asked Manziel for a hug. He gave more details of the fight as he saw it, and said Manziel punched his brother:

I got a bruised hip and a bruised elbow, and somebody hit me in the back of the head, too. My brother saw what was going on and he ran he tackled Johhny Manziel – I guess he got the sack and the fumble. He tackled him, yeah, I'm talking about he speared him all the way to the back wall. I was cornered; I was by myself and Johnny Manziel and like three or four of his buddies were all coming at me. (My brother) just came to help me out, and I guess Johnny sucker punched him while the security guard was holding him. It should be all on video.

No [one was arrested], like 20 officers came and I was sitting in the lobby because I did not do anything wrong but be a fan. All these cops run into the lobby, and they're like, "Who was fighting, who was fighting?" and I just raised my hand, and was like, listen, watch the camera, and stuff like that. I may be guilty of being a fan, but that's about it. I even showed them the guy that sucker punched me and the cops walked right up to him, talking to him for a while, and they let us all go. They just told me I had to leave the hotel, and me and my ride, we left. Manziel never punched me, but he got a sucker punch on my brother.

Update (2:11 p.m.): The Browns' statement:

Update (2:35 p.m.): A reader tipped us off that Gonos was sentenced to two years of probation last April for being involved in a tax evasion case with his father and two brothers.

Update (5:02 p.m.): Manziel's agent released a statement.

[Cleveland Scene]

Photo: AP