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Judge signs protective order keeping Manziel away from ex-girlfriend

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No criminal charges will be filed by the Dallas Police Department against Johnny Manziel after his ex-girlfriend accused him of hitting her with an open hand and throwing her into a car, but the lack of charges didn’t stop a judge in Tarrant County from barring Manziel from further interactions with the woman.

Rebecca Lopez of WFAA reports that a judge found “reason to believe that family violence occurred” during the incident and, as a result, signed a protective order that keeps Manziel from having contact with her for the next two years. Manziel has also been ordered to pay $12,000 in legal fees.

Manziel remains under contract to the Browns, although that’s expected to change when the new league year begins March 9. His repeated off-field problems are sure to chill interest in being the next team to have him as an employee, although that pattern of issues suggests Manziel needs to get his life in order before worrying about his future on the gridiron.

Offers to help him to do that have come from several directions in recent days, although Manziel’s father said that his son has thus far declined pleas to enter rehab.

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40 Responses to “Judge signs protective order keeping Manziel away from ex-girlfriend”
  1. campcouch says: Feb 5, 2016 5:47 PM

    Women win again. It was earlier reported that the ex went to HIS hotel, then got in the car WITH him. Now HE can’t go near her…which may be a godsend for a dude that’s already troubled. Go home man, go home.

  2. j0esixpack says: Feb 5, 2016 5:47 PM

    C’mon

    Give the guy a 22nd chance

  3. rrhoe says: Feb 5, 2016 5:48 PM

    The best thing that could’ve come out of this, they need to stay away from each other. Rather weird that the Judge found probable cause but the police didn’t.

  4. zoellner25 says: Feb 5, 2016 5:52 PM

    But the police closed the case w/n 24 hrs and closed the case. Yeah, right. Good job.

  5. whenwilliteverend says: Feb 5, 2016 5:57 PM

    Yeah, I’m sure he’ll obey that. Johnny does whatever Johnny wants.

  6. nofaceangler718 says: Feb 5, 2016 6:03 PM

    Someone needs to introduce him to Maurice Clarett.

  7. heymister24 says: Feb 5, 2016 6:13 PM

    It’s easy to get a protective order, women can say almost anything and it will be approved. This works both ways, the ex girlfriend cannot go near Johnny and obviously will miss the Cowboys home games starring Johnny Manziel!

  8. conormacleod says: Feb 5, 2016 6:17 PM

    Protective orders are almost automatic. It means nothing. But, I’m very curious how there is $12,000 in legal fees. Sounds like a shady lawyer submitting a bill for a rich guy to pay.

  9. pascalswager42 says: Feb 5, 2016 6:29 PM

    It’s too late for his football career.

    Hopefully, life is important enough.

  10. jag1959 says: Feb 5, 2016 6:37 PM

    whenwilliteverend says:
    Feb 5, 2016 5:57 PM
    Yeah, I’m sure he’ll obey that. Johnny does whatever Johnny wants.
    ____________________________

    That may have been part of the point in granting it. When he walks through it they can cuff him and stuff him…all the way to the nearest cushy rehab center.

  11. mrjdon says: Feb 5, 2016 6:53 PM

    Good…Now the girlfriend is safe.
    If we can find a judge to sign a protective order keeping Manziel away from the NFL as well, the rest of us will be better off too!

    Also, it’s funny how Manziel has been in, not one, but two domestic violence incidents now and the league has been so silent.

    Hypocrites!
    Shame!

  12. annes22 says: Feb 5, 2016 7:00 PM

    How can there be no charges? It doesn’t make any sense if the Judge signed a restraining order. Just go to rehab and stay there for a long time. It’s obvious he has a problem, so do something and get help now, not next week. It might be too late.

  13. gofor2with3pointlead says: Feb 5, 2016 7:07 PM

    If it cost every dude $12,000 in legal fees to have an order of protection placed against him, well lets just say some lady’s would think twice before making that call.

  14. whenwilliteverend says: Feb 5, 2016 7:12 PM

    annes22 says:
    Feb 5, 2016 7:00 PM

    How can there be no charges? It doesn’t make any sense if the Judge signed a restraining order. Just go to rehab and stay there for a long time. It’s obvious he has a problem, so do something and get help now, not next week. It might be too late.

    First of all, the only two people who really know what went on were Johnny and her. I’m not defending or accusing him. There may not have been enough direct evidence to charge him with anything. If it’s only hearsay they would more likely side with him though because he’s famous. We can make fun of the police department (I did too) but without evidence there’s little they can do.

    Protective orders are different. If the judge feels there is sufficient evidence to indicate there may be a threat to her safety (this was the second incident) then they can implement a protective order.

    What I don’t understand is if she’s such a wacko then why does he even bother with her. You can’t tell me he doesn’t have literally thousands of women who would be happy to party with him for a night or two or three so why is he even involved with her anymore. I suspect she doesn’t want anything to do with him anymore and he doesn’t want to take no for an answer. If he didn’t want anything to do with her it would be easily accomplished. My guess is Johnny wants something different than what she wants and since Johnny always gets what he wants…

  15. merrhod says: Feb 5, 2016 7:20 PM

    All I can say is Manziel is a FOOL!!!

  16. semcgowanjr says: Feb 5, 2016 7:50 PM

    There was family violence. She went after him with a knife. That’s assault in Texas. She should have been arrested in the court room and booked.

  17. skawh says: Feb 5, 2016 8:03 PM

    Protection orders are placed by the hundreds, if not thousands each day all across the country.

    Not seeing her is likely the best thing for JM. Question is, will JM honor the protection order. Guys break those orders all the time. If he does, he’s subject to arrest. And rather than go to jail, his attorney would then have to stand in court and say, your honor, my client has agreed to enter himself into a rehab facility for X number of months.

    Potential win, win for JM.

  18. 1986wake says: Feb 5, 2016 8:06 PM

    This dude is heading down a very very dark path. Forget football. Vagas might start a line on his life expectancy over/under 25. Praying for this young man.

  19. aquineas1 says: Feb 5, 2016 8:08 PM

    Even if he follows this order, I can almost guarantee that she reaches out to him. All it will take is an “I miss you” that she texts him in a moment of weakness, and he’s going to have to be strong during those moments and resist the temptation to even respond. Johnny, change your phone number bro and give it to only your family, your agent, and your team.

  20. varangia says: Feb 5, 2016 8:26 PM

    Now that Manziel has unloaded the bawdy woman, things will clear up rather quickly, I suspect.

  21. dwhcic says: Feb 5, 2016 8:29 PM

    I suspect she doesn’t want anything to do with him anymore and he doesn’t want to take no for an answer. If he didn’t want anything to do with her it would be easily accomplished. My guess is Johnny wants something different than what she wants and since Johnny always gets what he wants…

    Exactly.

  22. heymister24 says: Feb 5, 2016 8:35 PM

    If the ex reaches out to Johnny she is in violation of the Court order.

  23. heymister24 says: Feb 5, 2016 8:51 PM

    If the ex sends text messages to Johnny, she will not have learned anything from Ray Farmer.

  24. easybreesy09 says: Feb 5, 2016 10:19 PM

    $12,000 in attorneys’ fees? I don’t like the guy, but that’s excessive. Their client was all the proof a court would’ve needed to granted a TRO/RO. It’s chump change to him, but I just don’t see a court awarding that much against an average citizen, and that bothers me.

  25. doggeatdogg says: Feb 5, 2016 10:37 PM

    Johnny has to stay away from his ex, even if she beckons him which is unlikely at this point but stranger things have happened. His football career is most likely over and he will be looking at someone to blame. At this point rehab is he next best move and the family needs to play a larger role here because as of a month from now, it’s no longer an NFL problem.

  26. davew128 says: Feb 5, 2016 10:49 PM

    rrhoe says:
    Feb 5, 2016 5:48 PM
    The best thing that could’ve come out of this, they need to stay away from each other. Rather weird that the Judge found probable cause but the police didn’t.
    *********************
    He didn’t. He ruled in an ex parte hearing that he found the complainant credible. That is NOT probable cause, nor is it anywhere near enough to obtain even an arrest. Put another way, she would have to be blatantly and obviously lying to the judge in an ex parte hearing to have not gotten that order.

  27. ikeclanton says: Feb 5, 2016 10:51 PM

    This girl’s story feels embellished to me, and I’m not surprised at all.

    He should have broken up with her after he left rehab and she was drinking in front of him constantly. Way to support the cause.

  28. vikinganswer says: Feb 5, 2016 11:59 PM

    “Vagas” Really? Their over/under for your spelling 3rd grade too.

    1986wake says:
    Feb 5, 2016 8:06 PM

    This dude is heading down a very very dark path. Forget football. Vagas might start a line on his life expectancy over/under 25. Praying for this young man.

  29. bradygirl12 says: Feb 6, 2016 12:11 AM

    Not only will he violate the protective order,he will probably video tape himself while doing it. It’s hard to admit that you need help when your head is made of cement. Not sure what it’s going to take,but this gets scarier by the day.

  30. Rolo Tomassi says: Feb 6, 2016 6:09 AM

    The protective order is a blessing in disguise for Manziel and also something other than Peytons HGH use focus on.
    Once he gets his life in order and starts to think clearly he’s going to realize that this woman is just as screwed up in the head as he is.

  31. theofficialshotcaller says: Feb 6, 2016 6:56 AM

    I was wondering why HE wouldn’t get a restraining order if all these “incidents” involve the same women who keeps coming back for more insane drama.

    Perhaps they’re both crazy

  32. stevedenetz says: Feb 6, 2016 9:55 AM

    maybe Cleveland should file a restraining order against Johnny also

  33. duanethomas33 says: Feb 6, 2016 10:43 AM

    This type of thing happens every weekend, in a trailer park somewhere in America. This is just typical white trash love antics… they just need to go down to courthouse and make it legal.

  34. harrisonhits2 says: Feb 6, 2016 10:47 AM

    Anyone defending Manziel at this point is coocoo for cocoa puffs.

    The guy is a self entitled walking dui and felony waiting to happen.

    Any NFL team would have to be out of their collective management’s minds to employ him in any capacity at this point. And by any capacity I would trust him with mail room or janitorial job, much less managing the offense, one of the most important departments in a billion dollar business.

  35. wolverineinnc says: Feb 6, 2016 11:26 AM

    All the more reason why Jerrud will want him in the Cowboy circus, harrisonhits2. Jones has turned the Cowboys into the Island of Misfit Toys…. Manziel will fit right in there. “American’s Team”… yeah, rightttttt….

  36. purplepride11 says: Feb 6, 2016 11:29 AM

    Why even stay with the chick, or even want to be near her at all. She is the reason he is in this mess I am thinking. She must have a magic talking va jay jay.

  37. FattyWayneFontes says: Feb 6, 2016 12:25 PM

    I would rather read Aaron Hernandez updates.

  38. nyneal says: Feb 6, 2016 12:28 PM

    I wish the judge would sign an order putting Manziel on another planet. He’s a danger to everyone, including himself.

  39. nyneal says: Feb 6, 2016 12:31 PM

    duanethomas33 says:
    Feb 6, 2016 10:43 AM
    This type of thing happens every weekend, in a trailer park somewhere in America. This is just typical white trash love antics… they just need to go down to courthouse and make it legal.

    _________________________________________

    It figures a guy with the handle “duanethomas33” would say something as stupid as this.
    Duane Thomas — now there was a nutcase if ever there was one. He and Johnny Busto would have gotten along great.

  40. jonwill57 says: Feb 6, 2016 1:07 PM

    No charges and no investigation…only to now have a full investigation. DPD got caught trying to give a celeb a break. But if it was Dez, they got video.

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