Johnny Manziel Issued Citation for Driving with Expired License Plates

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 7, 2016

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel speaks with media members following the team's 30-13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks n an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Seattle.  (AP Photo/Scott Eklund)
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Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel received a citation at 8:28 a.m. on Jan. 2 for driving with expired license plates.

Scott Taylor of WOIO Channel 19 in Cleveland posted a picture breaking down the offense:

The citation indicates Manziel can waive a court appearance, scheduled for Jan. 21, by paying a $125 fine online.

Manziel's new year reportedly got off to a rough start, and the citation represents another blemish on his less-than-pristine record. According to USA Today's Scott Boeck, Manziel was spotted in Las Vegas on Jan. 2 after he was ruled out for the team's regular-season finale after being placed in the league's concussion protocol.

ESPN's Pat McManamon noted police stopped Manziel in North Olmsted, Ohio, which is near Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and the Browns facility.

Manziel later failed to appear for a mandatory check-in with doctors on Jan. 3, according to the MMQB's Peter King. That report was later confirmed by team owner Jimmy Haslam, per NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala. Manziel's future with the Browns has been a hot topic recently in the sports world, and Haslam was "noncommittal" recently when discussing Manziel, per Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com.

"It will be up to the coaches, and Executive Vice President of Football Operations Sashi (Brown) and the GM as to who's on the team," he said. "They will make those calls."

The traffic citation is hardly a knock on Manziel's character, but the regularity with which he's made news for all the wrong reasons over the past 12 months has been discouraging to say the least.

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