Johnny Manziel, former Cleveland Browns QB, and former Heisman Trophy winner has now been taken down another notch, as he has been indicted for assault after it was decided that there was enough evidence that he beat up a former girlfriend to bring him to trial. Former girlfriend Colleen Crowley insists that Manziel hit her so hard that she temporarily lost hearing in one ear.
According to the Inquisitr, Johnny Manziel is without a job in the NFL, fired from his endorsements and his manager, and in need of rehab. Right now, Manziel is considered too much trouble for any team, as he was photographed drunk and/or stoned at Coachella. Manziel was also seen at the site of a trashed rental with cocaine on the table. This latest legal issue cements Manziel in a bad place.
DTN USA: News Guide: Ex-NFL QB Johnny Manziel indicted in Texas: Johnny Manziel was indicted Tuesday on a mis... https://t.co/xpEDDJZaCA— DTN USA (@DTNUSA) April 26, 2016
ESPN helped to break down the current legal trouble Johnny Manziel is facing and what a conviction would mean. For now, we have the details of the alleged assault that Johnny Manziel is said to have perpetrated on his ex-girlfriend. Colleen Crowley told the grand jury that Manziel hit her and threatened to kill her on a night out. The indictment accuses Manziel of striking Crowley and “forcing (her) into a vehicle and against a vehicle dashboard.”
Manziel’s alleged crime means that he faces a year in jail and a $4,000 fine, but Manziel is still pleading not guilty, according to his attorney, Jim Darnell.
“This case will now be assigned to a court in Dallas County where the parties are able to join the issue. Johnny [Manziel] 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 [Manziel] will be acquitted at the conclusion of the case.”
ESPN says that Manziel has now been fired by his second agent, because they want nothing to do with Johnny Manziel. His marketing agency dropped him, and last week, Nike did too. After the assault, Crowley was granted a restraining order against Manziel, requiring him to stay at least 500 feet away at all times.
Slate shared a copy of the indictment of Johnny Manziel, straight from the grand jury, and it details the complaint and charges against Johnny Manziel. The grand jury was told that the altercation between Manziel and Crowley started in a Dallas hotel and led to Crowley being forced into a car while Manziel threatened to kill her and himself.
THIS JUST IN: Texas grand jury indicts former Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel on a charge of misdemeanor assault. pic.twitter.com/58q7a1i5kn— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 26, 2016
The Dallas Morning News says that Johnny Manziel will turn himself in, and according to his other lawyer, Bob Hinton, he expects no special treatment. Hinton explains that Manziel is slowly coming around and hinted that Manziel might have played a role in the assault event.
“Johnny is coming around. He is awfully young, and he is thrust into the maturation process. It is unfortunate that these circumstances have presented themselves.”
The Dallas Morning News also revealed that Crowley had documented injuries, including a ruptured eardrum, and evidence that he pulled her by the hair. Despite a previous stint in rehab, Manziel, nicknamed “Johnny Football” in college, is still drinking and partying, but Manziel at least is starting to be aware that others believe he has a problem.
“I’m hoping to take care of the issues in front of me right now so I can focus on what I have to do if I want to play in 2016.”
Well, it’s a start.
Do you think Johnny Manziel will go to jail for assaulting his ex-girlfriend?
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