DALLAS (CN) – Quarterback Johnny Manziel turned himself in to police Wednesday on a misdemeanor domestic assault charge, and then tweeted a joke about his shirtless mugshot from an arrest four years ago.
Manziel, 23, the first freshman to win a Heisman Trophy, played for Texas A&M and was drafted by the Cleveland Browns, but flamed out and was released after two seasons.
He reported to police Wednesday in the affluent town of Highland Park, 5 miles north of downtown Dallas. Manziel posed for a mug shot, posted $1,500 bond and was released, according to Highland Park Department of Public Safety spokesman Lt. Lance Koppa.
The mug shot shows Manziel with a smirk on his face, wearing a plain gray shirt.
Within hours, Manziel tweeted “Just thankful I had a shirt this time,” alluding to an arrest in 2012 in College Station where Manziel appeared shirtless in a mug shot. Manziel spent that night in jail for carrying a fake identification card and for his role in a fight.
He quickly deleted the tweet Wednesday.
Manziel was indicted last week by a Dallas County grand jury. his ex-girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, 23, of Fort Worth, said he hit her in the head for trying to escape from his car in January. She said the assault left her unable to hear out of her left ear.
Crowley obtained a protective order against Manziel in neighboring Tarrant County Court in February.
Manziel was scheduled to appear this morning (Thursday) before Dallas County Judge Roberto Canas to hear the conditions of his bail.
Manziel’s family, friends and former agents have publicly expressed their concern for his wellbeing and state of mind for several months. Wary of his partying after an offseason rehab stint, the Browns released Manziel this year after two difficult seasons plagued by injuries and subpar performance on the field.
Manziel remains a free agent after being dropped this year by agents Erik Burkhart and Drew Rosehaus, who demanded that he get help.
Texas A&M head football coach Kevin Sumlin said Wednesday that Manziel has not responded to his phone calls for several months.
“What we want is for him to be at peace and be safe,” Sumlin said on the Paul Finebaum Show. “This has nothing to do with football and has everything to do with his life.”
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