DALLAS (AP) — An attorney handling Johnny Manziel’s domestic violence case expressed doubts about the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback’s ability to stay clean and said he was given a receipt that shows Manziel may have spent more than $1,000 at a drug paraphernalia store just 15 hours after he was involved in a hit-and-run crash, according to a lengthy text message accidentally sent to The Associated Press. Defense attorney Bob Hinton’s text indicated Manziel’s legal team was seeking a plea deal with prosecutors, but suggested that could be tricky. “Heaven help us if one of the conditions is to pee in a bottle,” the attorney wrote.
“I don’t know if the receipt is legitimate or not,” Hinton responded when asked about it by the AP. “I just know that it doesn’t say Johnny’s name on it anywhere that I can see. It’s just that somebody in that store, I guess, circulated that to the other store managers and employees saying, ‘Guess who was here today and spent this amount of money.’ That’s all I know.”
The errant text was sent Wednesday after the AP sought comment via text about Monday night’s crash. When asked about the text, Hinton said he had meant to send it another attorney on the case and was unaware the AP had received it instead. He insisted the contents were protected by attorney-client privilege and threatened to sue if certain details were published.
The text shows that Manziel’s attorneys are pushing for leniency, even as they grapple with indications he could still be struggling with substance abuse more than a year after his stay in a rehab center.
Listen it’s too late for this shit on a lazy Friday afternoon in the summer. We got Johnny Football’s lawyer supposedly sending errant texts to the AP. Honestly I don’t even understand what this has to do with his domestic abuse case? It seems like he was talking about the fact that Johnny may or may not have bought some drugs after being involved in a hit and run accident ealrier this week. He’s worried about Manziel having to pee in a bottle. Listen that’s all fine and dandy. Johnny likes to party. Everybody knows that. But what does this have to do with the domestic abuse case? And is it really big news they are seeking a plea deal? Isn’t that what all lawyers do in these situations? Try to get a day of community service or something? So I’m not saying this was a good sign, but I’m not saying it’s a bad sign either.
More importantly how do you accidentally text the Associated Press? What type of egomaniac has the AP in their cell phone? I didn’t even know the AP had a cell phone. This had to be on purpose. Just doesn’t seem like something you can screw up. But if we’re being honest I don’t know what the advantage is.