Grand jury indicts Johnny Manziel on misdemeanor assault charge

Johnny Manziel is officially on trial. The former Browns quarterback was indicted by a Dallas grand jury in the assault case involving his former girlfriend Colleen Crowley.

Manziel is charged with one count of misdemeanor assault for a late January indicent with Crowley where he allegedly struck her during a car ride. Crowley alleges Manziel shattered her ear drum and struck her multiple times.

The primary attorney for Manziel, Jim Darnell, said his client will plead not guilty.

"We certainly respect the decision of the grand jury but of course they only hear part of the case: what the D.A. chooses to share with them. We don’t know what that was. This case will now be assigned to a court in Dallas County where the parties are able to join the issue," Darnell said. "Johnny will certainly plead ‘not guilty’ and we believe the evidence will support that plea. Out of respect for Ms. Crowley, we will not try the case in the press. We do, however, believe that Johnny will be acquitted at the conclusion of the case."

Here is a copy of Manziel's indictment:

Manziel's past few months have been a quick spiral.

He was charged with the alleged assault, he was dumped by two  agents, the Browns released him, he's been accused of causing $30,000 worth of damage to a Los Angeles rental house and he's spent time partying at Coachella with Josh Gordon

Manziel's life is a mess and things are not going to get any easier moving forward. 

Manziel was indicted on Tuesday. (USATSI)

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