Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel pleads guilty to misdemeanor charge
By Zac Ellis
The court case that nearly ended Johnny Manziel’s 2012 season before it began has reached its conclusion. The Texas A&M quarterback pleaded guilty to failing to identify himself to police after a fight last June in College Station, TheEagle.com reports.
Manziel was ordered to pay the maximum fine of $2,000, spend two days in jail and pay $232 in court costs as part of a plea agreement on Monday. The quarterback won’t have to spend any time in jail, however, as he was jailed following the initial arrest, which the court considered time served.
Police noticed Manziel and a black male involved in an altercation on June 29, 2012 in College Station. Police records show the dispute began after Manziel’s friend was accused of using a racial slur toward another individual. Manziel later handed officers a fake ID:
Police said after they stopped the fight, officers asked Manziel for identification, and he handed them a Louisiana driver’s license showing his birthday as Dec. 6, 1990. Police said he did not look 21 years old, and when asked his age on several occasions Manziel kept confusing whether he was born in 1990 or 1992. Police said a short time later, officers found two other driver’s licenses, one fake and one real, in Manziel’s wallet, identifying him as 19, not 21.
Manziel faced up to 180 days in jail for the misdemeanor charge. As part of the plea agreement, the Class B misdemeanor for possessing a fake driver’s license was dismissed, as was the Class C misdemeanor for disorderly conduct by fighting.
Manziel was briefly suspended by Texas A&M following the 2012 arrest, but that decision was overturned on appeal during fall camp. He eventually claimed the starting job for the Aggies and went on to become the first freshman in college football history to win the Heisman Trophy.
The quarterback also made headlines this weekend after he was sent home from the Manning Passing Academy for missing assigned meetings and practice sessions. Manziel’s early exit was apparently due to dehydration. Some reports alleged Manziel was sent home by Archie Manning for partying, but the Manning camp denied those rumors.