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The lobby of The 9, an upscale Cleveland apartment complex where Johnny Manziel lives, was the scene of a melee when a Browns superfan tried to get a little handsy with the Browns quarterback. According to the police report, 33-year-old Chris Gonos spotted Manziel approaching while waiting for the elevator with his girlfriend. Gonos explained to police that he said the following to Manziel: “I’m the biggest Browns fan ever, I love you, I want to give you a hug.” Gonos then stepped toward him to collect said hug.
Manziel and his squad pummeled him at this point, again, according to Gonos, messing his face up pretty badly. The interesting parts of the police report are below.
Obviously, this is only Gonos’ side of the story. He explains that he was the innocent party–just a grown ass Browns fan wanting a hug from a grown ass Browns quarterback. With some more context, though, it’s easy to surmise that the other side to this story may paint a different picture entirely.
This is Gonos, a noted Brian Hoyer guy with some sick arm ink. And as Busted Coverage was able to dig up, it turns out Gonos is a convicted felon. He was recently sentenced to two years of probation for tax evasion. He also has a documented cocaine problem. And judging by the fact that he wears a basketball jersey in public, he probably drinks plastic bottle vodka.
The incident at The 9 took place around 2:30 a.m., so the chances that both parties were under the influence of alcohol are about 100 percent, and the chances that Gonos’ account of the incident being heavily slanted towards his side are a virtual lock.
There are plenty circumstances when it’s perfectly acceptable to hug a stranger, even another man, but being approached in your building after 2 a.m. by a jersey-wearing drunk/coked out, likely shit-talker isn’t one of them..
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