Johnny Manziel’s assault charge dismissed


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A misdemeanor assault charge against Johnny Manziel has been dropped after the former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner met the terms of a conditional dismissal agreement, according to Dallas County court records.

The agreement stipulated that Manziel attend an anger management course and domestic violence victim impact panel, among other conditions, over a 12-month span. It also required him to participate in the NFL’s substance abuse program or attend a court-approved rehab facility.

Manziel signed the agreement last November, and court records show the charge was dismissed earlier this month.

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Manziel, who starred at Texas A&M and was a first-round pick by the Cleveland Browns in the 2014 NFL draft, was accused last year of “intentionally and knowingly and recklessly (causing) bodily injury to” his ex-girlfriend, hitting her and forcing her into a car. The charge carried a potential penalty of up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

Now 24, Manziel hasn’t appeared in an NFL game since 2015. The Browns waived him in March 2016. He said in August that he has considered getting into coaching, perhaps at the collegiate level. The Canadian Football League prohibited him from signing with a team during the 2017 season but said he would be eligible to join the league prior to 2018 if he met “certain conditions” laid out by commissioner Randy Ambrosie. 

“I’m ready to play today, but we all agreed with the commissioner that it made no sense for me to join a team with only a month left in the season — it wouldn’t have been fair to my teammates, coaches or the fan base,” Manziel said in a statement to USA TODAY Sports in September. “I want to come into a team and earn my job day one, like everyone else. I look forward to preparing myself as best I can and look forward to what the future holds.”

Contact Tom Schad at tschad@usatoday.com or on Twitter @Tom_Schad.

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