A Texas grand jury officially indicted Johnny Manziel on a misdemeanor assault charge Tuesday.
The Class A misdemeanor carries up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine. Manziel is expected to turn himself in and post bond at some point in the near future.
Manziel’s attorney, Jim Darnell, released a statement regarding the news:
“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 now be assigned to a court in Dallas County where the parties are able to join the issue,” Darnell said.
“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.”
The grand jury reviewed evidence in the assault case against Manziel last week.
Manziel is accused of hitting his ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowler several times while he was driving her back to her home in Fort Worth.
Police records show that Crowley attempted to jump out of the moving car to get away from Manziel. However, he managed to stop her and get her back into the car before hitting her.
According to Crowley, said she tried to hit back but Manziel threw her off and she hit her head on the car window and fell on the floorboard.
“Still fearful for my life, I stayed in the floorboard motionless until (Manziel) pulled me back onto the seat. He was telling me to ‘stop’ and wouldn’t let me have my phone.'”
Manziel told her that he was going to take her car and kill himself.
“I started crying even more and he told me, ‘Shut up or I’ll kill us both,'” she said.
Crowley said he responded by saying, “I would never kill you. You don’t deserve that. I would only kill myself.“
“I thought maybe he was on drugs or having a psychotic break so to keep him calm I began telling him, ‘I love you. We can figure this out. We can talk,'” Crowley said.
Crowley was granted a protective order following the incident.
Sources tell Phillips that there was an out-of-court civil settlement between Manziel and Crowley over the issue, but there isn’t any indication what the settlement may be at this point in time.
The Browns wasted little time in waiving Manziel at the start of the 2016 league year. He’s already been dropped by two agents this offseason, which is actually hard to do. At this point in time, his football career is an afterthought until he seeks the help he really needs and gets his life stabilized.
We’ll have more regarding Manziel as the news is available.