Johnny Manziel was indicted Monday by a Dallas grand jury on a misdemeanor charge of assault with bodily injury against his girlfriend at the time, Colleen Crowley.
Manziel’s attorney, Jim Darnell, responded to the decision in a statement Tuesday, shared by ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler on Twitter:
“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.
“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 this case.”
Manziel is accused of restraining, threatening and striking Crowley. She alleges that Manziel struck her, causing her to lose hearing in her left ear.
The offseason has been filled with issues for the former Heisman Trophy winner after he was cut by the Cleveland Browns in March.
Manziel has been let go by two different sports agents in recent weeks after refusing to dial back his partying habits. The latest to cut ties was agent Drew Rosenhaus, who dropped Manziel after the quarterback spent a week partying in Los Angeles. The stint ended with Manziel being hit with a $32,000 lawsuit for damages to a home he rented.
The pending trial, as well as his off-field behavior, will likely affect Manziel as he attempts to find a new NFL home. The former Texas A&M star could face a suspension for violating the league’s domestic violence policy if he is indeed convicted.