Report: Johnny Manziel indicted on misdemeanor assault charge in Texas

Johnny Manziel could soon be facing some serious legal trouble. According to KRLD-AM in Dallas, Manziel has been indicted by a Dallas County grand jury on one charge of misdemeanor assault with bodily injury. 

The charge stems from a late January incident where Manziel was accused of hitting and injuring his ex-girlfriend, Colleen Crowley.

Crowley accused the former Browns quarterback of hitting her several times during a car ride on Jan. 30. Crowley's attorney alleges Manziel ruptured her eardrum during the altercation. Crowley also alleges Manziel struck her several times and threatened to kill them both. Manziel has denied any wrongdoing.

Shortly after the indicident, a judge in Texas granted a protective order for Crowley that ordered Manziel to stay at least 50 feet away from her at all times. 

The case was sent to a grand jury in February, but the first grand jury wrapped up in early April without hearing details of the case. A second grand jury met on April 21 to hear details of the case and that's when they made the decision to indict, according to KRLD. 

According to ESPN.com, the grand jury decision is expected to be officially handed down on Monday. 

If Manziel doesn't reach some sort of settlement and the case goes to trial, the beleaguered former first-round pick would face a maximum punishment of one year in jail and a $4,000 fine for the Class A misdemeanor.

KRLD also reported that Manziel and crowley reached a settlement in a civil suit. It's unknown what kind of effect that could have on the criminal case. 

The indictment is just the latest in a serious of offseason woes for Manziel. The former Browns quarterback has been accused of causing more than $30,000 in damage at a $4.5 million rental home in West Hollywood, Calif. Manziel was also briefly investigated after he was the passenger during a hit-and-run in Los Angeles. 

Over the past two and a half months, Manziel has also been cut by the Browns and fired by two different agents. Drew Rosenhaus dumped Manziel on April 19 after the the quarterback refused to enter rehab. Manziel's first agent, Erik Burkhardt, cut ties with Manziel in February after police began investigating the incident with Crowley. 

Manziel's dad said in January that he's been trying to get his son to enter rehab. Paul Manziel told the Dallas Morning News that Johnny could be dead by December if he doesn't get help.

Johnny Manziel is facing some serious legal trouble in Texas. (USATSI)
Johnny Manziel is facing serious legal trouble in Texas. (USATSI)

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