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.