Johnny Manziel hasn’t played in an NFL game since December 27, 2015, when he nearly led the Cleveland Browns to a road upset of the Kansas City Chiefs in a 17-13 defeat. He only completed 13-of-32 passes for 136 yards with an interception, but Manziel also added 11 carries for 108 yards on the ground.
Since that game, the former Heisman Trophy winner at Texas A&M has been anything but a model citizen. The following is a timeline as presented by SportsDay in Dallas.
Manziel missed the team’s final regular season game against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a concussion. On January 3, 2016, reports came out that he allegedly missed a team meeting on that Sunday and the following day, reports surfaced that he showed up to the Browns’ facility earlier in the week “disheveled and inebriated.”
We need a reality tv show where Tim Tebow and Johnny Manziel live together pic.twitter.com/FJObo1F4Bk
— Eric Rosenthal (@ericsports) December 11, 2016
On January 5, 2016, reports indicate that Johnny Manziel spent the weekend in Las Vegas partying under the name “Billy Manziel” instead of staying with his teammates during the regular season finale against the Steelers. Two days later, Manziel received a ticket for an expired registration in the state of Ohio.
About a month later, on February 4, reports surfaced that claim the Cleveland Browns would move on from Johnny when the new league year began on March 9. Two days later, Manziel’s girlfriend Colleen Crowley accused Johnny of domestic violence in an incident where he threatened to “kill [them] both.” Neighbors called police, but charges weren’t filed.
The next day, Manziel’s father told the media that he didn’t believe his son would see his next birthday if he didn’t receive the help he needed quickly. On the same day, Johnny’s agent parted ways with him and the Dallas Police Department announced that it was opening an investigation into Crowley’s claims.
DID YOU KNOW:
The last Browns win came Dec. 13, 2015, 24-10 over SF.
Cleveland’s quarterback that day was Johnny Manziel. pic.twitter.com/Wtdlto7DnI
— Mike & Mike (@MikeAndMike) December 9, 2016
On February 8, Crowley’s sworn affidavit became public and she said, among other things, that Manziel hit her so hard that he ruptured her ear drum. A few weeks after Crowley’s affidavit, the Dallas police department presented evidence to a grand jury for them to decide whether to pursue charges against Manziel.
On February 29, video surfaced of Manziel partying at a Miami nightclub allegedly hours after learning the case would go to a grand jury. Less than two weeks later, on March 11, the Browns made good on their promise to waive Manziel, making him a free agent.
On April 26, Manziel was indicted on domestic violence charges.
“The Grand Jury’s review of Mr. Manziel’s case has resulted in a ‘true bill,’ which means that there was probable cause found that Mr. Manziel committed a Family Violence Assault against the complainant,” District Attorney Susan Hawk’s office said in a written statement. “Therefore, this case will move forward in the criminal justice system and be prosecuted by the District Attorney’s Office.”
The indictment accuses Manziel of “intentionally and knowingly causing bodily harm” to Crowley “by striking complainant with a hand and by forcing complainant into a vehicle and against a vehicle dashboard.”
Finally, Manziel seemed to come to his senses as he announced that he would be going sober on July 1. That decision didn’t last very long as Johnny’s been caught with alcohol a number of times since and even was sued for allegedly breaking an Austin bar employee’s nose back in November, according to Sports Illustrated.
On December 2, Johnny Manziel reached a dismissal agreement in his domestic violence case, according to ESPN. Manziel will be required to meet conditions for a year before the case is dismissed. He must complete an anger management class, attend a domestic violence impact panel, and partake in the NFL’s substance-abuse program or something similar. Manziel also can’t have any contact with Crowley.
Despite everything that’s gone on in his life over the past couple of years, Manziel somehow found enough time to attend the 2016 Heisman Trophy ceremony on Saturday night. As a past winner, Johnny gets a vote every year, and although we don’t know who he voted for specifically, the winner this year was Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson.
Lamar Jackson is your 2016 Heisman Trophy winner! pic.twitter.com/sEHZYhPww4
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 11, 2016
Jackson threw for 3,390 yards and rushed for 1,538 yards as he accumulated 51 total touchdowns en route to leading the Cardinals to a 9-3 record and an appearance in the 2016 Citrus Bowl against LSU that will be played on New Year’s Eve.
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