Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel sits at the back of the courtroom while his defense attorneys confer with the prosecution during his initial hearing, Thursday, May 5, 2016, in Dallas. The Heisman Trophy winner and former Texas A&M star was indicted by a grand jury last month after his ex-girlfriend alleged he hit her and threatened to kill her during a night out in January. No plea was entered, but defense attorney Robert Hinton says Manziel plans to plead not guilty. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News via AP, Pool)
DALLAS (AP) Johnny Manziel waded through a crowd of reporters after his first court appearance in a domestic violence case Thursday, ignoring questions and even an autograph request.
With most of the cameras gone in a quiet parking garage, the 23-year-old Manziel was forced to wait as defense attorney Robert Hinton gave interviews inside. Manziel kept his back to a reporter asking questions about his football future, looking down and wiping his face a few times with his sister, Meri, nearby.
Manziel, a free agent quarterback without an agent and no apparent prospects for signing with another team after being cut by Cleveland, is a long way from the field with NFL offseason workouts starting soon.