Manziel lawyers reach tentative deal to dismiss charges in Dallas

Johnny Manziel appears in a Dallas court for a hearing on his misdemeanor assault charge, Thursday, May 5, 2016.
Johnny Manziel appears in a Dallas court for a hearing on his misdemeanor assault charge, Thursday, May 5, 2016. rmallison@star-telegram.com

Officials reached a tentative agreement Thursday to drop charges in the domestic violence case against Johnny Manziel.

The former football star’s lawyers were working with prosecutors to reach a dismissal agreement. After the judge met with both sides, he said there was an agreement “in principle” to drop the charges and gave them two weeks to finalize the details.

The next hearing is scheduled for Dec. 1 in Dallas.

The former Cleveland Browns quarterback was accused by his ex-girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, 21, of Fort Worth, of repeatedly hitting her on Jan. 30 during a drive home from Hotel ZaZa in Dallas to her apartment in Fort Worth.

Crowley, a former TCU student, told Fort Worth officers that the two had been drinking in Dallas with friends but were left alone when the night ended. She said Manziel became aggressive toward her and started acting like “he was on some kind of drugs,” even though he was not intoxicated, the police report said.

She said he struck her several times, then insisted on driving her home because he didn’t want her to drive after drinking.

On arriving at her apartment complex in the 2100 block of Park Hill Drive near TCU, she ran around going in and out of her apartment trying to get away from Manziel, the police report said.

She said she ran to a neighbor’s door for help and Manziel ran away. The neighbor called 911 when she heard someone outside screaming.

“She said her boyfriend had beat her up,” the neighbor said in the 911 call, released by Fort Worth police. “… She didn’t want me to call you, but I think it’s the right thing.”

A neighbor of Colleen Crowley, Johnny Manziel's ex-girlfriend, at the Berkeley Luxury Apartments near TCU called Fort Worth police on Saturday to report that Crowley had been assaulted.

The report stated that Crowley became increasingly uncooperative with officers, refusing to answer additional questions and not allowing photos to be taken, but she did express concern for Manziel.

The Police Department was criticized after it used an Air One helicopter to search for Manziel, but the Star-Telegram reported that based on data the newspaper compiled, it is fairly common to use a helicopter to assist on a variety of police calls.

In the six months from Aug. 9, 2015, to Feb. 9, Fort Worth police used the Air One six times for calls similar to Manziel’s, according to the data.

Manziel was indicted in April on a misdemeanor charge of assault/family violence. The maximum sentence would be one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

At a hearing in May, Manziel was told not to have any contact or go near Crowley and that as a condition of his $1,500 bail he was not allowed to possess a firearm.

Manziel was released by the Cleveland Browns in March and despite attempts to get another spot in the NFL, he remains without a team.

The Dallas Morning News reported that Manziel re-enrolled at Texas A&M University this semester to finish his degree online while he continues to live in Los Angeles.

This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.

Azia Branson: 817-390-7547, @aziabranson


Former Cleveland Brown and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel attends his court hearing in Dallas on a misdemeanor assault charge involving his ex-girlfriend.