DALLAS – Dallas police said Thursday they have referred their domestic violence case against Johnny Manziel to a grand jury, which will consider whether to charge the troubled Cleveland Browns quarterback on allegations that he attacked his ex-girlfriend.
Police released a statement saying they have asked the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office to present a misdemeanor assault case to the local grand jury. Such a charge carries a maximum punishment of one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
Manziel’s attorney, Bradley Beckworth, didn’t immediately return an email seeking comment Thursday. Manziel’s agent and marketing agency have both dropped him, and the Browns have indicated they will release Manziel as early as March 9, when the league begins its new calendar year.
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 Manziel accosted her at a Dallas hotel and later struck her when they drove back to her apartment in Fort Worth.
Crowley said in court documents that he hit her so hard, she temporarily lost hearing in one ear.
Sashi Brown, the Browns’ executive vice president of football operations, said at the NFL combine Thursday that the team would not comment further on Manziel’s situation.
“I’m not going to comment again on Johnny,” he said. “I think, respectfully, we want to give the young man some privacy. Our organization has spent enough time talking about him and we need to focus on moving forward.”