Johnny Manziel indicted for Class A domestic violence by the Dallas County District Court grand jury earlier this (Tuesday) morning. The charge carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
“Johnny will certainly plead ‘not guilty’ and we believe the evidence will support that plea. Out of respect for Ms. (Colleen) Crowley, we will not try the case in the press. We do, however, believe that Johnny will be acquitted at the conclusion of the case.” – Jim Darnell in a prepared statement for USA TODAY Sports.
Darnell is Johnny Manziel’s lead attorney.
But the prosecution believes otherwise.
“This case will move forward in the criminal justice system and be prosecuted by the District Attorney’s Office. As always, we respect the criminal justice process and the decision that the Dallas County Grand Jury has made in regards to this case.” – Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk
And the victim believes otherwise as well. Her name is Colleen Crowley and she was a longtime girlfriend of Manziel’s. Here’s her side of the story:
- She and Manziel were in an upscale hotel in Dallas early on the morning of January 30, 2016, when Manziel threw her on the bed, restrained her, and prevented her from leaving the room.
- Manziel continued to restrain her as they left the hotel.
- “Please don’t let him take me,” she pleaded to the hotel valet. “I’m scared for my life.”
- Caught in the middle, the valet allowed them to leave in Manziel’s car.
- From the hotel, they drove to her car to switch vehicles before driving to her apartment in nearby Fort Worth. But when Manziel tried to force her to get into her car, she pulled away, ran a short distance and hid behind bushes.
“He grabbed me by my hair and threw me back into the car and got back in himself. He hit me with his open hand on my left ear for jumping out of the car. I realized immediately that I could not hear out of that ear, and I still cannot today, two days later.”
During the ride to her apartment, she said Manziel threatened to kill her – and then take his own life.
And the scuffle continued at her apartment. When Manziel smashed her phone, she pulled a knife out of her knife block and advanced toward him – which ended it and caused him to flee.
This isn’t the first time I’ve written about the quarterback formerly known as Johnny Football – and I’ve fittingly renamed him several times:
And now – Johnny Convict.
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