Manziel Lawyer Says He’ll Plead Not Guilty
DALLAS (AP) — An attorney for former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel says he will "certainly plead 'not guilty'" to a misdemeanor domestic violence charge. He was indicted today by a grand jury in Dallas on a charge stemming from a complaint filed by his ex-girlfriend.
The misdemeanor carries up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
Manziel's ex-girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, told Dallas police that Manziel repeatedly hit her and threatened to kill her during a night out on Jan. 30.
Manziel was cut by the Cleveland Browns in March after two tumultuous seasons marked by inconsistent play and off-the-field headlines about his partying and drinking, including one stint in rehab. The league now has tougher standards regarding domestic violence cases after revising its policy in August 2014 following the Ray Rice case. And that could complicate any attempt by Manziel to return.