COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel pleaded guilty Monday to a misdemeanor stemming from a 2012 bar fight near campus, closing a case that had dogged his Heisman Trophy-winning season.
Manziel admitted he failed to identify himself to police after the altercation. As part of a plea deal, other charges against the 20-year-old, including disorderly conduct, were dismissed.
Brazos County Attorney Rod Anderson said Manziel was ordered to pay a $2,000 fine, about $230 in court costs and was credited with the overnight jail time he served after his arrest. He had faced up to 180 days in jail for the June 2012 incident.
Police said an officer on bike patrol had intervened to break up a fight between Manziel and Marvin McKinney shortly after 2 a.m. in a street in the Northgate entertainment district.
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McKinney told police a friend of Manziel’s had called him a racial slur. He said Manziel shoved McKinney as he approached the two, and then they exchanged punches.
When officers asked Manziel for an ID, he produced a phony Louisiana driver’s license that showed his birthday as Dec. 6, 1990. Police checked Manziel’s wallet and found two more ID cards — a fake Texas driver’s license and Manziel’s real driver’s license that listed his date of birth as Dec. 6, 1992.
The quarterback known as Johnny Football piled up 4,600 total yards last season and helped the Aggies knock off No. 1 Alabama on the road. He became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy and has continued to garner headlines in the offseason.
Manziel has been famously photographed partying and gambling, and even his decision to take classes online last semester became controversial. Manziel said his decision to limit himself exclusively to the virtual classroom was a reaction to the attention he was receiving on campus, though he expects to return to regular classes this summer and in the fall.
Not long ago, he tweeted he “can’t wait to leave college station … whenever it may be.”
“Don’t ever forget that I love A&M with all of my heart, but please please walk a day in my shoes,” he added.
Manziel drew more attention last weekend after leaving the famed Manning family’s football camp in Louisiana a day early, citing illness.
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Coach James Franklin released a statement saying defensive back Brandon Banks, safety Cory Batey, receiver Jaborian “Tip” McKenzie and tight end Brandon Vandenburg are no longer on the roster after violating team rules.