Johnny Manziel was in Dallas Thursday for his initial hearing regarding charges from his alleged assault of ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley in January.
In an unrelated incident, Manziel told police that he was the victim of a hit-and-run on Monday. When an Associated Press reporter contacted Manziel’s defense attorney Robert Hinton about Monday’s crash, Hinton sent a revealing message that included Manziel’s probability of passing a piss test right now.
The AP reports that Hinton’s text implied that he’d ask for a plea deal for Manziel in the assault case, and mentioned a smoke shop receipt from Tuesday. Hinton denied that the receipt was Manziel’s and threatened legal action against the AP. The story really speaks for itself:
“Heaven help us if one of the conditions is to pee in a bottle,” the attorney wrote.
Hinton also wrote that he had been emailed a “heads up” receipt “which purports to reflect” that Manziel made a purchase of $1,018.77 at a Gas Pipe store at 12:03 p.m. on Tuesday, less than a day after his crash. A manager at a Gas Pipe location not far from where Manziel’s crash was reported declined to discuss whether he bought anything there. A sign in the store says ID is required for purchases above $200.
“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.