Update: Johnny Manziel’s court date has been moved to September 29, and it is now likely that the former NFL player will not have to attend.
DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – For the first time since his indictment, former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel will appear in a Dallas courtroom on Thursday to face domestic violence charges. The judge told Manziel that he must show up in person for the hearing. He cannot have lawyers step in for him.
This all comes after Manziel’s grand jury indictment in April for misdemeanor domestic assault. An ex-girlfriend claimed that the Heisman Trophy winner from Texas A&M hit her, threatened her and forced her into a car back in January.
The judge on Thursday will tell the former Cleveland Browns quarterback what he can and cannot do after posting bail. This is likely to include a warning to Manziel about avoiding contact with his ex-girlfriend. The judge will also likely lay down the law and warn Manziel that he better not get arrested again.
Details about the case will not be revealed during the Thursday hearing. It is strictly a routine legal proceeding.
Manziel is not expected to receive any special treatment in this case. He is even being told to walk into the courthouse through the same doors as any other defendant. After the hearing is over, Manziel will be fingerprinted, take a mugshot and then likely post bail.
Even though Manziel is originally from Texas, the former NFL star has been living in the Los Angeles area while taking online classes from Texas A&M.