Is It Totally Out Of The Question That Johnny Manziel's Lawyer Texted The Associated Press On Purpose?
TMZ- Here's a shocker ... the lawyer who accidentally texted a reporter A BUNCH of sensitive information about his client Johnny Manziel ... is off the case.
It was one of the most epic screwups ever ... attorney Bob Hinton said he didn't realize he was texting an AP reporter when he fired off info about the QB's drug problems, hit-and-run crash and domestic violence case.
-- Hinton said his team are seeking a plea deal in the Colleen Crowley domestic violence case ... and that the D.A. is "very interested in working with us to arrive at some agreement."
-- Hinton suggested Manziel would be in trouble if one of the terms of the plea deal included drug testing ... saying, "Heaven help us if one of the conditions is to pee in a bottle."
-- In the text, Hinton also refers to a receipt from a Dallas head shop called The Gas Pipe -- suggesting Johnny spent $1,018.77 at the shop, which sells everything from pipes to bongs and other stoner stuff.
-- Hinton also said there was "conflict" as to whether Johnny actually went to police after his alleged hit-and-run crash Monday night.
I will never, ever claim to be a legal expert. That's why I am not sure what Johnny Manziel's - now former - lawyer stood to gain from intentionally texting a media outlet and making himself look a completely incompetent buffoon. That said, I have no other choice but to believe he figured he'd be better off going that route and giving himself the opportunity to get out of defending a client whose life path resembles that of a flushing toilet.
There's just no possible way you can send such a detailed, incriminating text to the wrong person, never mind the wrong multi-national NEWS AGENCY. It sounds crazy - and also super illegal - for a lawyer to tank his own case just so he can dismiss himself, but it's sounds way more reasonable than someone who passed the bar accidentally texting FOUR bullet points worth of information to an entity that has his worst interests at heart. I am, in no way, claiming I am above texting the wrong person from time to time, but I also not completely negligent when sending one that could effect the lives, careers, or relationships of myself or others.
Am I really supposed to believe that this timing is coincidental? Bob Hinton just so happened to write a damning, novel long text to the worst possible person on a Friday afternoon, enjoyed his weekend, and then quit first thing Monday morning? Those are the actions of someone that simply does not give a fuck anymore. Someone who can no longer tread water under the steady waterfall that is Johnny Manziel's negative news cycle. Someone who would rather compromise his reputation by looking like an idiot and subsequently withdrawing his services than by defending someone who is probably casually committing a misdemeanor as we speak. Think about how many times you have woken up to a laughably idiotic Johnny Manziel story in the last 6-8 months. Now imagine waking up and having to think of a way to excuse every single one of those acts. Poor Bob Hinton probably suffers from night terrors. I bet he doesn't even know the difference between reality and a nightmare anymore. Who could blame him for feeling compelled to turn his back on the worst defendant of all time? Of course it doesn't sound logical, but maybe going this long without throwing a moron - that doesn't know how to use Uber - under the bus has actually drove the man insane.