Johnny Manziel was booked by Texas Highland Park on Wednesday and posted $1500 bond. The 23-year-old Cleveland Browns quarterback faces a charge of misdemeanor assault related to family violence.
Despite the accusation, Manziel still pleaded not guilty, his attorney Jim Darnell released a statement the day charges were announced saying that he believed Manziel would be acquitted.
The former Browns quarterback was an indictment on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge last week and will appear in court before Judge Roberto Canas on Thursday. Police said that Manziel’s allegedly struck his girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, several times and dragged her into the car against his will.
Crowley has filed his statement seeking a protection order saying that the former Cleveland quarterback has beat her, hitting her several times. The statement also read that Crowley was hit so hard that she suffered a ruptured eardrum.
In addition, Crowley’s medical records were also provided to police authorities to support its case against Manziel.
Reports said that a guilty plea could make Manziel eligible for Texas’ deferred adjudication process, a program that is offered mostly to first-time offenders and if the deferred adjudication process is completed, the charge will be dropped.
Overall, Judge Canas would still hold the condition of his release and can also mandate other terms such as a limit on travel. Canas has also granted Crowley a two-year protective order against her boyfriend Manziel.
The NFL will look into the situation and now working on their decision. NFL said that Manziel could be disciplined under the NFL’s personal conduct and substance abuse policies.
If proven guilty, Manziel will face up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
The charge against Manziel was probably the most serious incident in his turbulent NFL offseason, which was started when he finished the Cleveland Browns season in the NFL’s concussion protocol. Manziel was seen in Las Vegas the day of the Brown’s season. The Cleveland Browns released Manziel in March.
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