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On Sunday, April 24, 2016, Johnny Manziel was indicted on charges of domestic violence by a grand jury in his home state of Texas. According to multiple sources, including that of KRLD in Dallas, a Dallas County grand jury indicted the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner on a misdemeanor assault charge. This was Manziel’s second incident with domestic violence in the past year.
The incident occurred on Jan. 30 of this year with Manziel’s ex-girlfriend, Colleen Crowley. WFAA News 8 reported that Crowley’s police statement stated that not only was she struck by the 23-year-old NFL star but was told to “Shut up or I’ll kill us both.”
The police report said that Crowley attempted to jump out of the car, yelling to the valet driver of the Hotel Zaza in Houston, “Please don’t let him take me,” she exclaimed. “I’m scared for my life!” All while being dragged back into the car and allegedly being struck, deafening the sound in her ear.
Crowley said she believed that he was in the middle of a psychotic breakdown, potentially due to the drugs she claimed he was on at the time. Manziel has denied all the allegations. His lawyer’s statement of the indictment was as follows: “We certainly respect the decision of the grand jury, but of course, they only hear part of the case: What the D.A. chooses to share with them.” Manziel’s lawyer, Jim Darnell, also stated that he believes the quarterback will be acquitted and that he would also try to keep the case away from the media with respect for Crowley.
Instead of arresting the former quarterback of the Cleveland Browns, the Dallas Police Department decided to present the evidence to the grand jury and leave the fate of the Texas A&M phenom in their hands to pursue charges of a misdemeanor. This is a rarity in cases involving assault. The indictment lead to the judge granting Crowley a protective order, forcing Manziel to make sure he is not within 500 feet of her or her apartment in Fort Worth until 2018. The ruling of the judge also took away the Texas native’s Second Amendment right to bear arms while the order is in effect.
There was said to be an undisclosed, out-of-court settlement, according to the same CBS DFW source, which was later denied by lawyers in the case. Consequences coming from the NFL are predicted to be struck down, as well. Manziel already was cut by the Browns in March 2016 due to headlines of his relapse into the party lifestyle that has circled his reputation since his time in college. Johnny Football, like Ray Rice, like Keelan Johnson, like AJ Jefferson, and many others in the NFL, will have a long road ahead of him when it comes to seeking future employment.
If found guilty, Manziel will be forced to pay a hefty fine on top of his possible year-long sentence. On the night of the indictment, Manziel and former teammate Joe Baden of the Browns went to a Justin Bieber concert. A decision that will be sure to haunt him down-the-line with the media, and possibly in his jury case, as well, as decisions like these have in the past.
The judge gave the quarterback the option to turn himself in sometime within the next week before the May 5 trial. Manziel turned himself in on Wednesday, May 4, one day before the hearing. He also paid the $1,500 bond right after lining up for his mug shots that were taken with a smirk. Football fans and TV analysts debate whether he may play again. There are some reports saying that Manziel’s behavior is part of the NFL’s greater issue at hand. Concussions and the side effects that coincide with the players that obtain them and go untreated. As of right now, Johnny Manziel will hang it up, at least for the moment, with the following statistics:
Football fans and TV analysts debate whether he may play again. There are some reports saying that Manziel’s behavior is part of the NFL’s greater issue at hand. Concussions and the side effects that coincide with the players that obtain them and go untreated. As of right now, Johnny Manziel will hang it up, at least for the moment, with the following statistics:
- 14 games played
- 57 percent completion
- 1,675 passing yards
- 7 touchdowns, 8 total
- 259 rushing yards
By T. Aaron DeGeorge
Edited by Leigh Haugh
CBS Local-DFW: Manziel Indicted By Dallas County Jury
Deadspin: Johnny Manziel Indicted
SB Nation: Johnny Manziel reportedly indicted on assault charge after domestic dispute
Bleacher Report: Johnny Manziel Indicted for Domestic Violence Assault Charge
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