Johnny Football’s Fall From Grace: As It Happened

The former star quarterback is accused of hitting, kidnapping and threatening his ex-girlfriend. Here’s how the controversy unfolded.

UPDATE: In April, 2016, after months of speculation over his fate, a Texas grand jury indicted Johnny Manziel on a charge of misdemeanor assault with bodily injury.

He has now signed with the Canadian Football League:

"Made the decision today to sign my contract with the CFL and further my football career after a long break. Very grateful for everyone that's been supporting me along the way. I believe this is the best opportunity for me moving forward and I'm eager for what the future holds," he tweeted.


The charge came from his now ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley, who claims the former NFL star quarterback assaulted her and even threatened to kill her.

The said incident reportedly occurred in January. However, Manziel’s problems started in February when Crowley filed an affidavit claiming he hit her so hard that she lost hearing in one year.

Shortly after, Dallas police opened a criminal investigation into his case and the football player’s agent Erik Burkhardt dropped him.

His second agent, Drew Rosenhaus, also terminated his contract with the Heisman Trophy winner after less than a month.

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Manziel was a disaster on the field as the Cleveland Browns' quarterback for two seasons, plagued by injuries but also his reputation as a hard partier with no work ethic. He was accused of showing up drunk at practice. The Browns released him in March and no NFL has shown interest in picking up the player yet.

Meanwhile, his father, Paul Manziel, tried to get his son admitted in a hospital for psychiatric care. He even stated in February the player “won't live to see his 24th birthday," if he doesn’t get help. 

The NFL’s past response to Manziel’s domestic violence case has been criticized for being a slap on the wrist.

Following the indictment, league spokesman Brian McCarthy said if Manziel were to sign with a team he would be "subject to all aspects of the NFL's personal conduct policy."

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To find out how the Cleveland Browns’ former number-one QB’s fall from grace unfolded in less than five months, watch the video above.

Thumbnail/Banner Credits: Reuters

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