Report: Nike terminates endorsement deal with Johnny Manziel

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Report: Nike terminates endorsement deal with Johnny Manziel
Wednesday April 20th, 2016

Nike has terminated its endorsement deal with Johnny Manziel, reports ESPN’s Darren Rovell.

Manziel, currently a free agent, was released from the Browns in March. The 23-year-old is involved in a domestic violence case that will be heard by a grand jury on Thursday.

The grand jury will hear the evidence and decide whether to charge Manziel, who is accused of forcing his ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley into his car and hitting her. An indictment could be announced as early as Monday.

Manziel, 23, would be charged with misdemeanor domestic violence, which carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail plus a $4,000 fine. If the grand jury decides that there is not enough evidence to pursue that charge, there will not be further criminal action taken against Manziel. 

On Tuesday, Manziel’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, dropped him as a client.

A history of controversies surrounding Manziel

The quarterback’s off-field troubles date back to his time at Texas A&M, where he was the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner as a sophomore.

Manziel released a statement on Tuesday, saying he hopes “to take care of the issues in front of him right now,” trying focus on what he has to do to play in 2016.

In 15 career NFL games, Manziel has completed 57% of his passes with 1,675 yards, seven touchdowns, seven interceptions and seven fumbles.

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