Johnny Manziel Faces 6-Game Suspension If Signed, According to NFL Official

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistNovember 17, 2016

May 5, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Johnny Manziel leaves the courtroom after he makes his first appearance at the Frank Crowley Courts Building on his misdemeanor assault charge.  Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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One of the NFL's two chief disciplinary officers, Todd Jones, told Jane McManus of ESPN that if quarterback Johnny Manziel is signed by a team, he'll immediately be hit with a six-game suspension.

McManus noted that Jones and the NFL would be within their power to levy such a punishment:

But it nonetheless prompted a sarcastic and derisive response from George Atallah, the assistant executive director of external affairs for the NFLPA:

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the domestic case is still being reviewed by the league, per ESPN.com, though Jones' comments suggest the league has already made a decision regarding Manziel.

Manziel, 23, reached a conditional agreement with prosecutors Thursday to have his domestic assault case involving his former girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, dismissed, per the Associated Press (via USA Today).

The case can't officially be settled until the next hearing, on Dec. 1, and a deal hasn't yet been finalized.

"That's all in progress," Manziel's attorney, Jim Darnell, told the AP. "Until we get something done, if we do, then we'll announce it."

Crowley accused Manziel of dragging her into a car and hitting her during a disagreement on Jan. 30. He also stands accused of threatening her and faces a misdemeanor charge that, if convicted, could have carried a penalty of a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

The Cleveland Browns cut Manziel this offseason following a series of off-field incidents, and he was suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season despite being without a team after violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.

His legal issues won't end with this case, however, as Manziel is also facing a lawsuit for allegedly causing damage to a Los Angeles rental home, per ESPN.com. Additionally, "Darnell has said he has spoken to the attorney representing a car company that loaned a car to Manziel and friends," which "was totaled in an April accident."

        

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