Johnny Manziel reaches tentative deal to have domestic violence charges dropped

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Johnny Manziel is a long, long way from getting another shot in the NFL, but the most serious of his legal issues will apparently be dropped.

Manziel reached a tentative deal with prosecutors to drop domestic violence charges against him, stemming from an alleged altercation with his ex-girlfriend, according to the Associated Press.

Manziel was charged with misdemeanor assault and faced up to a year in prison and a $4,000 fine for the incident last January. He was accused of hitting and dragging ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley into a car against her will.

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Manziel’s attorney Jim Darnell told the AP “there was still work to be done to finalize the deal,” but he was encouraged after a Thursday morning hearing. The judge in the case set a hearing for Dec. 1, when the case could be officially settled, according to the AP. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said the case was settled “months ago,” and while no money changed hands there was a two-year protective order.

Manziel, a Heisman Trophy winner at Texas A&M, hasn’t played in the NFL since late last season with the Cleveland Browns.

Johnny Manziel during a court appearance in May. (AP)
Johnny Manziel during a court appearance in May. (AP)

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