Johnny Manziel Indicted for Allegedly Attacking Ex
Former Cleveland Browns QB facing misdemeanor charge
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 26, 2016 11:36 AM CDT
In this Dec. 20, 2015, file photo, Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel speaks with media members following the team's 30-13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in an NFL football game in Seattle.    (Scott Eklund)
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(Newser) Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was indicted by a grand jury on Tuesday on a misdemeanor charge stemming from a domestic violence complaint by his ex-girlfriend, the AP reports. The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner and Texas A&M star was accused by ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley of hitting her and threatening to kill her during a night out on Jan. 30. Crowley said in court documents that Manziel struck her so hard that she temporarily lost hearing in one ear. The indictment accuses Manziel of striking Crowley and "forcing (her) into a vehicle and against a vehicle dashboard." Manziel faces a charge of misdemeanor assault related to family violence, which carries up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

In the wake of the allegations, Manziel's father said the family had made two recent, unsuccessful attempts to get him into rehab. Manziel—who entered the NFL with a reputation for partying and drinking—spent 73 days last winter in a Pennsylvania treatment center specializing in care for alcohol and drug dependency. He was cut by the Browns in March after two tumultuous seasons marked by inconsistent play and unflattering off-the-field headlines. His future in the NFL is uncertain at best, and might be nonexistent without a second stint in treatment that two agents have demanded. The league also has tougher standards regarding domestic violence cases after revising its policy in 2014 following the Ray Rice case, which could complicate any attempt by Manziel to return.