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Cleveland Browns QB Johnny "Football" Manziel Being Investigated For Possible Assault Of Ex-GF By Fort Worth Police *UPDATE* Browns To Cut Ties With Manziel (Video)
Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was indicted by a grand jury on Tuesday on a misdemeanor charge stemming from a domestic violence complaint by his ex-girlfriend.
The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner and Texas A&M star was accused by ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley of hitting her and threatening to kill her during a night out on Jan. 30. Crowley said in court documents that Manziel struck her so hard that she temporarily lost hearing in one ear.
The indictment accuses Manziel of striking Crowley and "forcing (her) into a vehicle and against a vehicle dashboard."
Manziel faces a charge of misdemeanor assault related to family violence, which carries up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
Dallas police referred the case to a grand jury in February, asking the Dallas County District Attorney's Office to present the misdemeanor assault case.
Manziel was cut by the Browns in March after two tumultuous seasons marked by inconsistent play and off-the-field headlines about his partying and drinking, including one stint in rehab. His future in the NFL is uncertain at best, and might be nonexistent without a second stint in treatment that two agents have demanded. The league also has tougher standards regarding domestic violence cases after revising its policy in August 2014 following the Ray Rice case, which could complicate any attempt by Manziel to return.
The first agent, Erik Burkhardt, cut ties with Manziel after last season. Burkhardt's replacement, Drew Rosenhaus, dropped Manziel last week. His marketing agency dropped him before the charges were filed, and Nike confirmed last week that it no longer has an endorsement deal with Manziel.
Crowley alleged that the 23-year-old quarterback accosted her at a Dallas hotel and later struck her when they drove back to her apartment in Fort Worth. She was granted a protective order that requires Manziel to not see her for two years, stay at least 500 feet from her home and place of work, and pay $12,000 in legal fees.
Crowley alleged she and Manziel had a confrontation in the hotel room that eventually continued downstairs to the valet station. She said he forced her into a car and a valet disregarded her pleas for help.
The two eventually drove to where her car was parked in front of a Dallas bar, she said in an affidavit. She said Manziel got into the driver's seat and began to drive. Crowley said Manziel stopped when she tried to jump out of the car, but then he dragged her back inside and hit her.
She said Manziel threatened to kill himself as he drove her back to Fort Worth, about 30 miles west of Dallas, where police were called.
Dallas police said Feb. 5 that they were investigating the case, a day after they issued a statement saying they considered the case to be closed.
In the wake of the allegations, Manziel's father said the family had made two recent, unsuccessful attempts to get him into a rehab clinic. Manziel — who entered the NFL with a reputation for partying and drinking — spent 73 days last winter in a Pennsylvania treatment center specializing in care for alcohol and drug dependency.
Manziel was cleared of any wrongdoing last year after he and Crowley got into a heated roadside argument near his home. Witnesses to that incident saw Manziel arguing on the side of a highway with his girlfriend and pulling her back into his car as she tried to leave the vehicle. He was not arrested, and Crowley told police she didn't want to press charges.
The tangled web that is Johnny Manziel's life keeps spiraling in the wrong direction.
The Dallas Morning News reports that police were called to the apartment of the Cleveland Browns quarterback's ex girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, at 2 a.m. on Saturday, January 30, to investigate a possible domestic disturbance.
The police report states that the 23-year old woman told cops she was involved in a disturbance with her ex-boyfriend earlier in the evening.
Manziel was not at the scene when police arrived and Crowley became uncooperative.
The Fort Worth Police Department released the following statement.
At approximately 2 a.m. on January 30, 2016, patrol officers were dispatched to 2101 Park Hill Drive (The Berkeley Apartments) in reference to a report of a possible assault.
Upon arrival, officers did not locate the caller, but did make contact with a 23 year old female who stated that she was involved in a disturbance with her ex-boyfriend (23 year old male suspect) earlier in the evening in Dallas. The preliminary investigation determined that a possible assault had occurred in that jurisdiction or multiple jurisdictions. The complainant was uncooperative with officers on scene, and they were unable to locate a crime scene within the Fort Worth jurisdiction, however, our officers prepared a report nonetheless, and that information was forwarded to detectives for further investigation.
The Dallas Police Department was notified of a possible disturbance, so any questions regarding their jurisdiction should be submitted to DPD.
The complainant also advised our officers of concerns that she had regarding the well-being of her ex-boyfriend. In an effort to follow-up on this, Fort Worth officers attempted to locate him, by calling cell phone numbers associated with him, checking locations within our jurisdiction, and searching the area with the assistance of our Air One Unit. It was later determined by officers that the ex-boyfriend was safe and in no danger. The Fort Worth Police Department is actively working with Dallas PD to determine if a criminal offense occurred.
This is the second time that police were called to investigate a domestic disturbance between the ex-couple.
In October, the former Heisman Trophy winner out of Texas A&M, was questioned by Avon, Ohio cops after witnesses saw him arguing on the side of a highway with Crowley and pulling her back into his car as she tried to exit the vehicle.
Crowley told police she didn't want to press charges and Manziel was allowed to leave.
The quarterback has been a constant source of concern for his team since being selected with the No. 22 overall in the 2014 NFL draft.
In February 2015, he checked into rehab for alcohol addiction.
In May 2015, Manziel threw a water bottle at a fan who allegedly harassed him at a golf tournament.
In October 2015, he was involved in the 1st domestic incident with Colleen Crowley.
In November 2015, a video surfaced of Manziel partying in Austin. He lied to the team by telling them the video was old. When the truth was discovered he was demoted to third string.
Earlier this month Manziel was spotted in Las Vegas wearing a blonde wig, fake mustache and going by the name Billy. The Browns had a game the following day and although Johnny didn't have to attend because he had a concussion, the quarterback failed to show up for mandatory medical treatment that morning.
LeBron James' marketing agency recently cut ties with Manziel.
The Browns have hired Hue Jackson as their new head coach and hold the No. 2 overall pick in the upcoming draft. It's highly likely they will select a quarterback and either trade Manziel (if they can find a team that wants him) or cut him.
**UPDATE** February 2
The Cleveland Browns have have had enough of Johnny Manziel's off the field troubles. According to various reports, the team will release him on March 9th, when the new NFL year starts.
"We've been clear about expectations for our players on and off the field. Johnny's continual involvement in incidents that run counter to those expectations undermines the hard work of his teammates and the reputation of our organization," the Brown said in a statement. "His status with our team will be addressed when permitted by league rules. We will have no further comment at this time."
Manziel could also face discipline from the NFL for this latest domestic dispute.