Johnny Manziel Domestic Violence Case Sent to Grand Jury in Dallas

As Johnny Manziel's downward spiral continues to unfold, the only question left seems to be where exactly rock bottom will be.

Could it be another jaunt down to Cabo for a weekend with a private airplane full of bros? Could it be another stint in rehab? Or could the extreme happen and Johnny Manziel actually winds up doing jail time? Well, on Thursday afternoon, there was a small uptick in the likelihood of the last one happening as the Dallas Police Department chose to send Manziel's domestic violence case involving a January 30 incident in which it's alleged Manziel attacked and kidnapped his now ex-girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, to a grand jury.

Here is the statement from the Dallas P.D.:

The investigation of the domestic violence assault involving Jonathan Manziel, which occurred on January 30, 2016, has been completed. Today, a Class A misdemeanor Assault/Domestic Violence case has been referred to the Dallas County District Attorney’s office for presentation to the grand jury. The Dallas Police Department will not release any details of the investigation while it is pending grand jury presentation.


The charge outlined in this statement carries with it a maximum sentence of one year in jail and a $4,000 fine. 

The incident in question was actually spread out over an entire evening, and reportedly began at the Hotel ZaZa in Dallas and ended up at Crowley's apartment in Fort Worth during the wee hours of January 30. It's alleged that the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner hit and threatened to kill Crowley at the hotel in Dallas and then hit her again as he accosted her and took her back to Fort Worth. Crowley claims to have lost hearing temporarily in her left ear and suffered a ruptured eardrum as a result of Manziel's striking her. 

After this series of incidents, Crowley asked for and was granted a protective order against Manziel, a document that Manziel himself signed. The order prevents him from seeing her for two years, and requires he stay at least 500 feet from her home and place of work. He was also ordered to pay $12,000 in legal fees.

Since that night in late January, Manziel's family claims to have made multiple attempts to get him to enter rehab again, with his father going as far as saying that if his son didn't receive help, he "wouldn't see his 24th birthday." (Manziel is 23 years old.) Instead, Manziel has been spotted thoroughly enjoying himself the past two weekends, two weeks ago at his former college teammate Mike Evans's wedding in Houston, and this past weekend at a sex- and booze-fueled vacation in Cabo that turned social media upside down. 

The Cleveland Browns, by all indications, plan to cut Manziel on the first day of the NFL's new year on March 9 when they have enough salary cap space to absorb the financial hit that will come with terminating Manziel's contract. 

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