New grand jury will hear Manziel case in Dallas

AP

Free-agent quarterback Johnny Manziel still doesn’t have a team. But he still has a potentially significant legal entanglement.

Via ESPN.com, a grand jury that was expected to consider a misdemeanor assault allegation against Manziel ended its term without considering the case. A new grand jury, which is due to convene within the next seven to 10 days, will likely review the situation and decide whether to indict Manziel.

Manziel allegedly assaulted his ex-girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, on January 30. The incident included Manziel allegedly striking Crowley and threatening to kill her. Manziel also allegedly ruptured Crowley’s eardrum.

Crowley has since received a protective order that keeps Manziel at least 500 feet away from her home and workplace for two years. He also was ordered to pay $12,000 in legal fees.

The league has taken no action against Manziel, who was cut last month by the Browns. No team has shown any interest in Manziel. The possibility of domestic violence charges surely has been a factor, especially since Manziel could be placed on the Commissioner’s exempt list pending resolution of any eventual indictment.

26 responses to “New grand jury will hear Manziel case in Dallas

  1. domestic battery resulting in a ruptured ear drum, a helicopter search and a 2 year protective order?

    bizarre incident, bizarre guy

    useless employee

  2. let me get this straight despite how many police investigations into these alleged allegations he has never been arrested or charged with anything. that is not good enough so they convene a grand jury to indict him and they can’t come up with anything either. so instead of being cleared they convene another grand jury? great to see tax dollars not wasted isn’t it? all because some kid likes to party. amazing! if he had killed somebody driving drunk or been busted for drugs he would have been given 5 second chances already and gotten a new contract by now.

  3. C’mon Jerrah, your local courthouse just gave you extra time to buy off Johnny’s accuser, an Tony’s clavicle won’t go another whole year at the rate you’re punishing him.

  4. lol too bad John no-football, a few less bottles of champagne for u til the money runs out

  5. metalhead65 says:
    Apr 5, 2016 12:17 PM

    let me get this straight despite how many police investigations into these alleged allegations he has never been arrested or charged with anything. that is not good enough so they convene a grand jury to indict him and they can’t come up with anything either. so instead of being cleared they convene another grand jury?…
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    Grand juries, unlike trial juries, are empaneled for a set length of time. During this time they hear the details of many cases. If a case is heard by the grand jury extends past their empanelment date either the grand jury gets extended (not likely in a case like the one against Manziel) or the next grand jury will finish hearing the case.

  6. What the Dallas DA’s office representative actually said was that the present grand jury did not hear the case. She said the new grand jury “probably” will hear it but she did not say it has been scheduled or that it is definite. It’s up to the DA whether or not to take the case to the grand jury. There are problems with the case, probably due to Crowley’s intoxicated state and contradictions. I’ve read her affidavit and she not only doesn’t claim he hit her – she says he slapped her once with an open hand – she says she was flailing around in the car and hit her head on a window. If there was evidence to charge him, the DPD would have when they concluded their investigation. The ESPN article implies that its definite but the original articles from Dallas say “probably.”

  7. Regarding the protective order, it was an “agreed order” that Manziel and Crowley’s attorneys worked out and presented to the judge to sign. The $12,000 are most likely to pay Crowley’s attorney’s fees and medical expenses. Agreed orders are binding on both parties – she can’t contact him in any way. Crowley’s affidavit, the protective order and the Avon, Ohio police report are all available online. The original 911 report is no longer available, probably because it is evidence. It did not paint a good picture of Crowley. My recollection is that it described her as “inebriated.”

  8. @metalhead65, if Johnny Manziel had any future, showed he cared about the game, was actually a GOOD football player, he would either still be on the Browns or signed already. The fact there isn’t even a team interested in him isn’t so much because of the possible misdemeanor and suspension, it is because he SUCKS as a pro QB

  9. The Browns’ problems are a lot bigger than Manziel. If they had been a decent team, Manziel would be a star. A year from now Browns fans will still have a tear in their beer.

  10. metalhead65 says:
    Apr 5, 2016 12:17 PM
    let me get this straight despite how many police investigations into these alleged allegations he has never been arrested or charged with anything. that is not good enough so they convene a grand jury to indict him and they can’t come up with anything either. so instead of being cleared they convene another grand jury? great to see tax dollars not wasted isn’t it? all because some kid likes to party. amazing! if he had killed somebody driving drunk or been busted for drugs he would have been given 5 second chances already and gotten a new contract by now.
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    This is how the legal system works. In some cases a suspect is not arrested because the police aren’t sure there is enough evidence to prosecute them. The evidence they do have is presented in front of a Grand Jury who decides if there is enough to arrest the person and send them to trial. A Grand Jury has a set term and this one didn’t hear this case as they ran out of time.

  11. It’s weird that when you hear of these girls getting beaten you never hear about their fathers. If I was Colleen Crowley’s dad I would have already hunted Manziel down and dealt with him properly with some Texas justice. If some guy busted my daughter’s eardrums I would snap.

  12. On a serious note, and to answer the off beat question/comments above … She got her legal fees paid because there was some sort of agreement that an incident occurred along with documented past incidents. The grand jury “did not consider the case”, which probably means they did not get to it in the time they are allotted. So a new grand jury will be assembled to go over the case. This is a very serious situation that needs to be addressed. Violence and abuse against loved ones should never be tolerated. It is unfortunate that the NFL does not seize the opportunity and start making serious statements against league players and personnel who condone and are part of the problem. I personally believe an immediate and indefinite suspension of players from ALL NFL activities until the legal process is concluded.

  13. Kind of a witch hunt at this point isn’t it? I mean a couple police investigations and a grand jury decided no on charges… lets just keep tossing it around until it sticks! Honestly it might be the best thing for the guy. Bring him back to reality. Doesn’t necessarily make it right.

  14. abninf says:
    Apr 5, 2016 12:58 PM

    It’s weird that when you hear of these girls getting beaten you never hear about their fathers. If I was Colleen Crowley’s dad I would have already hunted Manziel down and dealt with him properly with some Texas justice. If some guy busted my daughter’s eardrums I would snap.
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    Aren’t their some questions as to what actually happened, in both cases?

  15. Put this clown in jail for a few weeks ,then see how tough this little punk is ,he wouldn’t last a few days little girl

  16. kevo95 says:
    Apr 5, 2016 1:16 PM

    Put this clown in jail for a few weeks ,then see how tough this little punk is ,he wouldn’t last a few days little girl
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    Put him in jail for what, exactly?

  17. semcgowanjr says:
    Apr 5, 2016 12:49 PM
    The Browns’ problems are a lot bigger than Manziel. If they had been a decent team, Manziel would be a star. A year from now Browns fans will still have a tear in their beer.

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    You’re half right – the Browns problems ARE much bigger than Manziel, and the Browns probably won’t be very good this year, but no matter the team or situation, Manziel is still a chump.

  18. Let’s see – a Texas Grand Jury is going to decide whether to indict one of Texas’s all time college football heroes, who also just happens to be the son of a Texas oil billionaire. Yeah, that’s gonna happen.

  19. Johnny ‘Slow Ball’, needs a doctor. Ego, money, lack of common sense, and print fame, will ruin him, forever, without help.

  20. fordmandalay says:

    Let’s see – a Texas Grand Jury is going to decide whether to indict one of Texas’s all time college football heroes, who also just happens to be the son of a Texas oil billionaire. Yeah, that’s gonna happen.
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    Woman-beaters don’t fare well in Texas…and it doesn’t matter how much money your daddy has. Besides, JFF was only a “football hero” to Aggie fans. Most of those wouldn’t qualify for jury duty…grand or otherwise.

    You have to be literate.

  21. Must be nice to always get the benefit of doubt, no matter how long your rapsheet may be. While brothers get locked up, fined and banned from, not only football, but marked for life, this guy goes through life unscathed.

    It takes a special kind of dumb to deny privileged treatment. I predict he will not be indicted and will get chances, the majority of NFL players will never get.

    Double standard of life we take for granted. The anti-PC readers won’t like me being anti-PC, but Johnny’s race and status is what got him a 30 minute suspension at A&M, and is what will get him outta this.

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