After allegedly assaulting his now ex-girlfriend, Johnny Manziel may walk away a free man. The troubled ex-NFL quarterback says he’s reached a deal to dismiss the case over allegedly attacking Colleen Crowley. Does this mean he won’t spend any time behind bars?
Johnny, 23, and his legal team claim they’ve reached a deal with prosecutors to dismiss the case surrounding his alleged assault on ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley, 23, according to the New York Post. Johnny and his defense attorney, Jim Darnell, appeared in a Dallas courtroom on Nov. 17 to tell the judge that they’ve worked out an “agreement in principle,” but the finer details still need to be ironed out.
The judge said that the two legal teams now have two weeks to “iron out” those details. A follow-up hearing was set for Dec. 1, according to NBC news. The former Texas A&M quarterback, Heisman Trophy winner and ex-Cleveland Browns starter was facing a misdemeanor assault charge, which carries a penalty up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
What this supposed agreement entails, no one knows yet. Johnny and his legal team didn’t talk when they left the courtroom, turning down any requests for questions. Johnny was indicted in April over the alleged Jan. 29 incident in a Dallas hotel. Johnny and Colleen allegedly had a confrontation that continued up to the valet stand.
Colleen reportedly pleaded for help while she was forced into the car. She claims that when she tried to jump out of the vehicle, Johnny allegedly hit her. Following this incident, Colleen was given a protective order that keeps her ex-boyfriend 500 feet away from her. He also can’t own any firearms and he has been ordered to pay her legal fees (in the amount of $12,000.)
Though this agreement may result in Johnny never serving a single day behind bars, he likely won’t ever be seen on the NFL field again. The New York Giants cut Josh Brown, 37, was cut over allegations that he abused his wife, so it’s unlikely that any team will want to deal with Johnny after this. Even if he does come back, he’ll have to serve a 4-game suspension over a substance abuse violation.
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Do you think Johnny’s getting a lucky break? Do you think he should serve time for allegedly attacking his ex-girlfriend?