On Janurary 29th, former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel (aka “Johnny Football”) was accused of assaulting his former girlfriend Colleen Crowley. The assault charge is just another notch in the “troubled belt” of Manziel. Since winning the Heisman trophy in 2012, Manziel has failed to live up to his college potential. Manziel would go on to be drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft, but failed to ever make it as the team’s starting quarterback. Since being in the league, Manziel has been in tabloids surrounding many party fiascos, and even went so far as to check himself into a life rehab facility. To his own dismay, none of the counseling or advice seemed to have an effect on the young quaterback. Despite his public statement that he was ready to mature and focus on his NFL career, Manziel has had no on the field productivity. He has since been released from the Cleveland Browns, has appeared in multiple incidents in bars and night clubs, and now has turned himself in for the assault charge.
Manziel turned himself in to police in Highland Park, Texas on Wednesday He was booked for his misdemeanor assault charge. He then posted the $1,500 bond and was released. Manziel is now scheduled to appear in Dallas County Criminal Court at 9 a.m this Thursday. Manziel is accused of assaulting Colleen Crowley at a hotel, however he denies ever hitting her. Manziel’s attorney has stated that he will plead not guilty to the charges. The assault charge is a class A misdemeanor in the state of Texas. The penalty include up to one year in jail or a $4,000 fine, or potentially both. Crowley sought a protective order against Manziel after the incident. She alleged in a statement that Manziel hit her and dragged her into a car against her will. Crowley explained in her statement that she was hit so hard she ruptured her eardrum. Crowley’s medical records were provided to police. The two-year protection order was granted and signed by Manziel.
Manziel can also be facing some severe penalties from the NFL. The NFL will look into the situation as Manziel has now turned himself in and is set to go to court. Manziel could be disciplined under the league’s personal conduct and substance abuse policies. These penalties can result in multiple game suspensions, and even entire season suspension without pay. The only issue with these penalties however is that they may not even take effect, as Manziel is currently a free agent and not on any NFL team. There has been no interest by teams to sign the free agent quarterback prior to Manziel turning himself in. Even if a team were interested in making Manziel a “project” for the future, they run the risk of having a player on their roster who may have to sit out several games.
Manziel has only been a distraction in the NFL thus far, and has shown very little, if any signs of success. It is highly unlikely for a team to pursue Manziel at this point. As for this legal trouble; Manziel is just hoping to stay out of prison. Perhaps life rehab may be necessary once again for this young troubled player.