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 following the altercation. As part of a plea, other charges against the 20-year-old, including disorderly conduct, were dismissed.
Brazos County Attorney Rod Anderson says Manziel was ordered to pay a $2,000 fine, about $230 in court costs and was credited with the overnight jail time he served following his arrest. .
Police said an officer on bike patrol had intervened to break up a fight between Manziel and Marvin McKinney just after 2 a.m. in a street in the Northgate entertainment district. McKinney told police that a friend of Manziel’s had called him a racial slur. He said Manziel shoved McKinney as he approved 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 dubbed Johnny Football piled up 4,600 total yards last season and helped the Aggies knock off No. 1 Alabama on the road.
CLEMSON: Improved its cumulative grade-point-average to 2.60 in the spring semester.
The school released grades for its athletic teams Monday. Tennis finished with the highest team GPA at 3.31 this spring. The football team’s performance was an increase from the fall, when it had a cumulative 2.37 GPA.
VANDERBILT: Identified the four players dismissed from the team for an incident last month that is being investigated by police as a possible sex crime.
Coach James Franklin released a statement Monday saying defensive back Brandon Banks, safety Corey Batey,
receiver Jaborian “Tip” McKenzie and tight end Brandon Vandenburg are no longer on the roster after violating team rules.
Vanderbilt dismissed the players June 29 and kicked them off campus.
“We insist on high standards of personal responsibility and integrity, and there are consequences when those standards are not met,” Franklin said.
Vanderbilt opens the season Aug. 29 hosting Mississippi.
WASHINGTON: Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of driving under the influence stemming from his arrest after crashing his car in March.
Seferian-Jenkins made the guilty plea in Seattle Municipal Court. Washington begins fall camp on Aug. 5.