Johnny Football avoided becoming Johnny Jailbird today, when the Heisman Trophy winner pled guilty to a misdemeanor offense in connection with a College Station party in the summer of 2012 and was sentenced to time served.'
Before he was the Heisman winner, and before he was even Texas A&M's starting quarterback, Manziel was involved in a fight in the Northgate section of College Station in June of 2012. Manziel claimed he was fighting a man who used a racial slur to refer to a friend of his.
Manziel presented a false identification to a police officer and was charged with failure to identify.
Today, Manziel pled guilty, was sentenced to the two days in jail he served following the incident, and agreed to pay a $2,000 fine.
The incident prompted the Aggies to suspend Manziel for the entire 2012 football season, a ruling overturned by Coach Kevin Sumlin. Manziel then repaid the favor by leading Texas AS&M to an 11-2 record, a number eight spot in the polls, and making himself the first freshman ever to win the Heisman as college football's top player.
The guilty plea comes as Manziel is in the middle of another controversy, for leaving the Manning Passing Academy early. The Academy said Manziel was sick and 'it was in everybody's interest' for him to leave early.
Now that there is no longer any question about his status as A&M's starting quarterback, the plea agreement leaves Manziel free to lead the Aggies onto Kyle Field for their opening game against Rice August 31.