Former NFL football quarterback Johnny Manziel spent a good bit of his NFL career on the bench and in the pages of the media for his off field activities. Manziel was cut from the Cleveland Browns after two seasons in March. No other teams expressed any interest in the troubled player.
On April 26 Manziel was indicted for a domestic violence charge by a Texas grand jury. The indictment stems from an alleged fight on January 30 where Manziel had reportedly hit and threatened his then girlfriend Colleen Crowley. According to Crowley, Manziel hit her so hard that she lost hearing in one ear temporarily.
If Manziel is convicted of the misdemeanor crime, he could face up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
Manziel attorney Jim Darnell stated that his client would plead not guilty of the charge. Darnell released a statement saying, “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. We don’t know what that was. This case will not be assigned to a court in Dallas County where the parties are able to join the issue. Johnny will certainly plead ‘not guilty’ and we believe the evidence will support that plea. Out of respect for Ms. Crowley, we will not try the case in the press. We do, however, believe that Johnny will be acquitted at the conclusion of the case.
Almost from the time he was drafted, Manziel appeared to be more interested in partying and drinking than he did playing football. At one point the quarterback had entered rehab for unspecified reasons.
Manziel has had two agents drop him, his marketing agency has also dropped him, and Nike has ceased any endorsements with Manziel.
Manziel was the Heisman Trophy winner in 2012 and was a stand out star as the quarterback for the Texas A&M Aggies.
According to Manziel’s father, the family has tried to get Johnny into another rehab program. “I truly believe if they can’t get him help, he won’t live to see his 24th birthday,” his father Paul Manziel said.
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