The career of Heisman trophy winner and Texas A&M all-star quarterback, Johnny Manziel, continues in a downward spiral since being relegated to the third string for the Cleveland Browns at the end of this last season. Despite his promising talent, his history of alcohol abuse and videos of his raucous partying in Texas on a bye week have plagued his progress and tarnished his legacy. This past week, however, Manziel was charged with assaulting his former girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, outside of a night club near Dallas, Texas. Manziel’s girlfriend alleges on an affidavit that while fearing for her life, Manziel forced her into a car. After Crowley jumped out of the car she alleges that Manziel, “hit me with his open hand on my left ear . . . I realized immediately that I could not hear out of the ear, and I cannot [hear] today [Feb. 3].” Crowley’s attorney claims his client’s eardrum was ruptured. While criminal charges are pending against Manziel, Crowley was granted a restraining order against Manziel for two years.
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Chandler Howell is a Sport Highlight Contributor for the Harvard Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law and a current first year student at Harvard Law School (Class of 2018).