Dallas police refer case against NFL's Manziel to grand jury

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Johnny Manziel Domestic Violence Case Sent to Grady Jury

A domestic violence complaint accusing Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel of beating his ex-girlfriend has been referred to a grand jury, Dallas police said on Thursday.

The former Heisman Trophy winner, 23, is being investigated on suspicion of hitting, kidnapping and threatening to kill 23-year-old Colleen Crowley in January, police said.

Manziel has not spoken to media about the accusations. His attorney was not immediately available for comment.

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"Today, a Class A misdemeanor assault/domestic violence case has been referred to the Dallas County District Attorney's office for presentation to a grand jury," police said in a written statement.

Dallas Police said they would not release any further information on the case.

Manziel who was known as "Johnny Football" during his standout college years at Texas A&M University, has seen his reputation for partying overshadow his career with the Browns, where he has only sporadically been used as a starting quarterback since he began playing for the team in 2014.

He is expected to be cut soon from the team.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 13: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Brown gets set to throw as Quinton Coples #98 of the New York Jets closes in during the third quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium on September 13, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets won 31-10. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 20: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns warms up prior to a preseason game against the Buffalo Bills at FirstEnergy Stadium on August 20, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) celebrates running back Dion Lewis (28) scoring a touchdown on a pass, during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Washington Redskins Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Washington Redskins inside linebacker Will Compton (46) pursues Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) during the second half of an NFL preseason football game Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)
Washington Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (91) sacks Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) throws under the protection of guard John Greco (77) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Washington Redskins, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)
Washington Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (91) sacks Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) looks to pass under pressure from Washington Redskins nose tackle Barry Cofield (96) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel passes during practice at NFL football training camp in Berea, Ohio Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel throws on the run during practice at NFL football training camp in Berea, Ohio Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
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Rex Grossman, left, talks with Cleveland Browns quarterbacks Connor Shaw, Johnny Manziel (2) and Brian Hoyer (6) during practice at NFL football training camp in Berea, Ohio Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. The Browns announced earlier that had signed Grossman, an unrestricted free agent, and waived quarterback Tyler Thigpen. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
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In a police report released in early February, Crowley told officers Manziel hit her after they met friends at a Dallas hotel in late January and again on the same night when they were driving back to her home in Fort Worth.

Crowley told police he became aggressive with her at the hotel. He was called Johnathan in the report.

"Colleen was struck several times by Johnathan, including a strike to the left ear," according to the report from the Fort Worth Police Department.

The quarterback hit her so hard he caused a ruptured eardrum. He also threatened to kill her and himself, she added, according to court papers published in Dallas media.

Once back at her home, Crowley said she ran out of her apartment to a neighbor's home seeking help. Manziel then fled the area on foot, the police report said.

Fort Worth police said they called Manziel's cell phone and used a helicopter to try to find him, before determining he was in no danger.

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