NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel has officially been indicted for domestic violence against his girlfriend.
Manziel, 23, is to be indicted on a Class A misdemeanor domestic violence assault charge, a lawyer for Manziel, Robert Hinton, said.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The charge against the former Heisman Trophy winner stems from a January incident in which Manziel is accused of hitting, kidnapping and threatening to kill Colleen Crowley, 23. Crowley accused Manziel of hitting her so hard that she temporarily lost her hearing, court papers show.
Crowley told police she was assaulted at a Dallas hotel and then again while driving to her home in Fort Worth, according to a police report.
The case was referred to the grand jury, which hears evidence behind closed doors.
Manziel, known as “Johnny Football,” was a standout at Texas A&M University and played two seasons with the Cleveland Browns before he was dropped in March.
Known for his partying lifestyle, Manziel has been dropped by two agents this year, and media reported he was accused of causing more than $30,000 worth of damage at a Los Angeles home during a party.
An NFL spokesman, Brian McCarthy, said that if Manziel were to sign with a team he would be “subject to all aspects of the NFL’s personal conduct policy.”
(Editing by Eric M. Johnson, Cynthia Osterman and Andrew Hay)