Johnny Manziel's Domestic Violence Case Goes to Grand Jury Thursday
Johnny Manziel's adventures could be coming to a head very soon.
Six days ago, last Wednesday to be exact, Drew Rosenhaus issued an ultimatum to Johnny Manziel — promise that you will find help for all of your demons, and I won't tear up our agreement for me to represent you... you have five days... GO!
Well, Manziel's response to that was apparently to go think things over at Coachella, a huge outdoor music festival where it would appear a man can get a lot of thinking done. Also, a man can get a lot of drinking done, as evidenced in this video footage that captures Manziel ordering a slew of beverages for his crew (which appears to include Browns WR Josh Gordon, in the white sleeveless get-up)...
It would appear that Manziel did not commit to Rosenhaus's set of stipulations to keep their marriage intact, because ESPN.com's Adam Scheffer reported today that the two will be divorcing...
And now Drew Rosenhaus officially has terminated Johnny Manziel, making him second agent in two months to fire the talented and troubled QB.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 19, 2016
If you're keeping track at home, Johnny Manziel now has the same number of career wins (two) as he has agents who've cut him loose. Not good, not good at all.
And starting Thursday, Johnny's week gets real, as the possibility of handcuffs or, at the very least, Manziel having to turn himself in to authorities becomes a possibility. On Thursday, Manziel's domestic violence case regarding an incident earlier this year with his ex-girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, goes to a grand jury:
Prosecutors will present the Manziel case to a grand jury Thursday, Brittany Dunn, a spokeswoman for the Dallas County district attorney, said Tuesday. The grand jury could announce an indictment as soon as Monday. Police originally presented a misdemeanor assault case to prosecutors. That charge carries a maximum punishment of one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
Manziel, a former Cleveland Browns quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner at Texas A&M, is accused of hitting his ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley so hard that she temporarily lost hearing in one ear.
Crowley requested and was granted a protective order against the 23-year-old quarterback that prevents him from seeing her for two years.
She says she and Manziel had a confrontation in a Dallas hotel room, which continued downstairs at the valet station. She said he forced her into a car and a valet ignored her pleas for help. The two drove to where her car was parked in front of a Dallas bar, she said in an affidavit. She accused Manziel of getting into the driver's seat and beginning to drive. She says when she tried to jump out of the car, Manziel stopped, dragged her back into the car and hit her.
It's not clear whether Manziel will need to return to Texas to testify before the grand jury, nor is it clear if Crowley will testify. The district attorney's office did not respond to questions, but did tweet late last week when Manziel appeared in a picture on the Internet with a tattoo of a marijuana leaf on his wrist, along with a second tattoo of "CDXX," or 420 in Roman numerals...
(Filing away for future use in the inevitable sentencing hearing.) https://t.co/m5aiuHys2z— TDCAA (@TDCAA) April 15, 2016
Late Tuesday night, Manziel issued a statement through his publicist in which he acknowledged his "issues" and declared his intentions to play football in 2016. Courtesy of TMZ:
Johnny Manziel has finally acknowledged what we all know ... dude's got "issues" — and says he's hoping to "take care" of them so he can play in the NFL in 2016.
After being dropped by his agent Drew Rosenhaus, Manziel issued a statement to USA Today Sports ... saying, "I’m hoping to take care of the issues in front of me right now so I can focus on what I have to do if I want to play in 2016."
He added, "I also continue to be thankful to those who really know me and support me."
Manziel's rep, Denise Michaels, also issued a statement saying, "So many people only have one image of Jonathan but, believe it or not, he takes all this very seriously."
"He’s hoping that he can clear up his personal issues, start interviewing agents and see what he needs to do if he wants to play this year."
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Here's hoping "Jonathan" gets things figured out soon.
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