Former quarterback for the Cleveland Browns and Heisman trophy winner Johnny Manziel has been indicted by a grand jury on a misdemeanor charge related to a domestic violence complaint by his ex-girlfriend. The complaint was that Manziel allegedly hit and threatened to kill his girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, in late January. The complaint states that she temporarily lost hearing in her ear due to his blows.
The charge of misdemeanor assault related to family violence carries up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine. Manziel’s attorney issued a statement saying he would plead not guilty.
Crowley received a protective order that forbids Manziel from seeing her for two years and requires him to stay 500 feet from her home and work in addition to paying legal fees.
Last year the couple got into a heated argument on the side of the road near his home. No one was arrested, and Crowley refused to press any charges.