Dallas judge tells quarterback Manziel not to contact former girlfriend

Thu May 5, 2016 12:42pm EDT
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By Lisa Maria Garza

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.   Continued...

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