The lawyer who accidentally sent a text about Johnny Manziel to the Associated Press has been removed from his legal team, according to a spokesperson for the troubled quarterback.
Defense attorney Bob Hinton mistakenly sent the AP a lengthy text suggesting Manziel's legal team was seeking a plea deal and indicating that he'd received a receipt from a drug paraphernalia store indicating Manziel had spent over $1,000 there shortly after being involved in a hit-and-run crash last week.
The text, which was meant for Manziel's lead attorney, also said "Heaven help us if one of the conditions is to pee in a bottle," indicating he didn't think Manziel could pass a drug test.
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Spokesperson Denise Michaels, who said previously that taking a plea deal was never a consideration for Manziel, tweeted Monday morning that Hinton had withdrawn from the defense.
Johnny Manziel's lead attorney Jim Darnell today confirmed to me withdrawal of associate counsel Bob Hinton from Manziel case.— Denise C Michaels (@denisecmichaels) June 27, 2016
The 23-year-old Manziel is accused of hitting and threatening former girlfriend Colleen Crowley during a night out in January. He faces a misdemeanor assault charge that carries a penalty of up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
His father spoke out on Friday, saying Manziel is "a druggie and he needs help" and that he hopes his son winds up in jail.
Manziel is currently a free agent, having been cut by the Cleveland Brown in March. He's also been dropped by two agents since the season ended.