Manziel’s agent drops quarterback after police inquiries

Erik Burkhardt released a statement to media outlets Friday.

This Dec. 21, 2014 photo, Cleveland Browns' Johnny Manziel (2) sits on the bench during the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
(AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

CLEVELAND (AP) – Johnny Manziel’s agent has dropped the quarterback following two police investigations in Texas last weekend.

Erik Burkhardt released a statement to media outlets Friday saying “with deep regret” he has ended the business relationship. Manziel will be released by the Cleveland Browns next month.

Burkhardt says he will remain supportive of the 23-year-old player. The agent adds that he and Manziel’s family have gone to great lengths to outline steps to help him.

Manziel was under police investigation for allegedly hitting ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley. She told police the Heisman Trophy winner struck her “several times” at a Dallas hotel and later when they drove back to her apartment in Fort Worth. The police departments in both cities said Thursday their investigations are closed.

Burkhardt isn’t the first to end business ties with Manziel. Cavaliers star LeBron James’ marketing agency ended its association with him last month.

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