May 5, 2016 / 11:12 AM / a year ago

Dallas judge tells quarterback Manziel not to contact former girlfriend

Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel is shown in this combination police booking photos in Dallas County, Texas, United States on May 4, 2016. Courtesy Highland Park Texas Department of Public Safety/Handout via REUTERS

DALLAS (Reuters) - Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel made his first appearance in a Dallas court on Thursday on a charge of assaulting his former girlfriend, and the judge told him to keep away from her.

Manziel, 23, surrendered to police on Wednesday, had a mugshot taken and posted bail of $1,500. He has been charged with a class-A misdemeanor, which can bring up to one year in jail.In the four-minute court appearance, Dallas County Judge Roberto Canas told Manziel he must not have any contact with the ex-girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, 23, and must surrender any weapons.

“You can’t call her, can’t text her, can’t email her, can’t send her any letters or go to where she’s at,” the judge said.

Manziel, dressed in a suit, nodded and gave a brief reply in confirmation of the conditions. He also said he does not have any weapons to surrender.

The charge was another setback for the former football star, whose erratic play and partying prompted the Cleveland Browns to cut him in March.

Manziel did not speak to reporters as he left the courtroom. His next hearing date was set for June 24.

Manziel’s lawyer Bob Hinton told reporters that Manziel is not required to stay in Dallas County and will return to Los Angeles. Judge Canas also did not impose an alcohol ban on Manziel, Hinton added.

Manziel, who became known as “Johnny Football” in winning the Heisman Trophy in 2012 as the best player in college football, was picked by the Browns in the first round of the National Football League draft after leaving Texas A&M University.

The grand jury heard evidence about a January incident in which Manziel is suspected of hitting, kidnapping and threatening to kill Crowley.

She accused Manziel of hitting her so hard that she temporarily lost her hearing, court papers show.

In a statement in April made before the indictment, Manziel said: “I’m hoping to take care of the issues in front of me right now so I can focus on what I have to do if I want to play in 2016.”

The NFL in recent years has sought to toughen its policy on players involved in domestic violence. League spokesman Brian McCarthy has said if Manziel were to sign with a team, he would be “subject to all aspects of the NFL’s personal conduct policy.”

Reporting by Lisa Maria Garza; Writing by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Dan Grebler and Alistair Bell

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