Johnny Manziel Domestic Violence Case to Be Decided by Grand Jury

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 25, 2016

The domestic violence case involving Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel reportedly will be decided by a grand jury, according to WFAA's Mike Leslie.

In a statement released Thursday, the Dallas Police Department announced its investigation into Manziel's alleged assault of his ex-girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, has been completed and that "a Class A misdemeanor assault/domestic violence case has been referred to the Dallas County District Attorney’s office for presentation to the grand jury."

The Dallas Police Department opened its investigation into the alleged assault on Feb. 5 after details emerged regarding the incident between Manziel and Crowley. 

According to WFAA's Rebecca Lopez, Crowley told police Manziel threatened her, saying, "Shut up or I'll kill us both," after he hit her, dragged her by her hair and forced her into a car. 

"He grabbed me by my hair and threw me back into the car and got back in himself," Crowley reportedly told police, per Lopez. "He hit me with his open hand on my left ear for jumping out of the car. I realized immediately that I could not hear out of that ear, and I still cannot today, two days later."

Attorney Kathy Kinser later revealed that Crowley suffered a ruptured eardrum as a result of the alleged assault, per NBC 5's Scott Gordon. ESPN.com's Pat McManamon also cited a source who said the Dallas Police Department obtained Crowley's medical records as part of its investigation. 

On Feb. 5, Lopez reported a judge signed a protective order mandating Manziel to stay away from Crowley for two years. Then on Feb. 22, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Manziel signed the protective order issued against him, "perhaps an acknowledgment of its merit."

"That behavior will not be tolerated as we move forward," new Browns head coach Hue Jackson said Wednesday, according to Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo. "Our organization is going to take a stand."

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