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Johnny Manziel Hit With Restraining Order; Dallas Cops Launch Criminal Investigation

Dallas police are now investigating Johnny Manziel after the Browns quarterback’s ex-girlfriend pressed charges on an alleged domestic violence incident that took place a week ago. That incident led a Tarrant County (Tex.) judge to sign a restraining order today requiring Manziel to avoid his ex for two years and pay $12,000 of her legal costs, according to WFAA in Dallas.


Manziel is also forbidden from carrying a firearm or ammunition, according to WFAA, with federal charges on the line if he’s caught in possession of either.

Meanwhile, Dallas police have finally opened an investigation into the case after the alleged victim provided an affidavit stating she was “fearful for her life,” according to WFAA. The Dallas Police Department released the following:

Following yesterday’s release, today the Dallas Police Department received a complaint of a domestic violence assault that occurred in Dallas on January 30, 2016. A criminal investigation into the incident, in which Johnathan Manziel is the listed suspect, has been initiated. Detectives will thoroughly investigate the case to determine what criminal charges, if any, will be filed and victim services will be offered.

As there are many emotional factors involved, it is not uncommon for a victim of domestic violence to question or delay reporting an assault. This is an on-going investigation and updates will be made as information becomes available.


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