What was rumored for days is now reportedly official, as Johnny Manziel has been indicted by a grand jury on domestic violence charges.


According to court docs, the grand jury believes there’s enough evidence to prove that back in January, Manziel struck his ex-girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, with his hand and then “forced [her] into a vehicle and against a vehicle dashboard.”

If convicted, Manziel faces a maximum of one year in jail and a fine of $4,000. Crowley contends Manziel hit her reportedly that day and even ruptured her ear drum. Manziel has always maintained the altercation was not the way Crowley described.

Jim Darnell, Manziel’s lead counsel, issued a statement after the announcement, via Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal:

“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 not be assigned to a court in Dallas County where the parties are able to join the issue. 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.”

There are further reports that Manziel and Crowley have an out of court settlement but there is no indication as to what that may have been.

Manziel not long ago was talking about playing in the NFL in 2016 and the majority of people thought he was out of his mind. With this indictment, even if it winds up going nowhere in court, you can bet Manziel won’t be on a field in 2016 and at this point, maybe ever again.

Check the gallery for a copy of the indictment