FSU Quarterback De’Andre Johnson Charged With Battery, Dismissed From Team After Punching Woman In The Face [Watch]
It is sadly becoming way too common to hear about a football player, whether a young college or seasoned NFL star, being arrested for attacking a woman. But unlike many of these stories, this time around, there is a video of such an assault.
Florida State University quarterback De’Andre Johnson was arrested and charged last month with misdemeanor battery after he put his hands on a woman in a West Tallahassee bar on June 24. It’s unclear how the 19-year-old freshman got into the establishment as he is obviously underage, but while there, he ended up pushing past a woman to get to the bar. When she turned around to confront Johnson, things immediately got heated. She is seen raising her hand in a fist, and in response, Johnson grabs her arm. When she lifts her knee to his groin, the young woman is also seen taking a swing at him. In no time flat, Johnson responds by striking the woman across the face before quickly walking away. She is able to stay on her feet but ends up bleeding on the bar as another woman comes to her aid.
After being identified by bar patrons, Johnson ended up surrendering to Tallahassee police and was released on a $500 bond.
According to Tallahassee.com, the young woman obtained bruising around her left eye, swelling of her left cheek and upper lip, and a cut on the bridge of her nose. She is going forth with battery charges against the 19-year-old.
Video of the incident was captured by security cameras:
Not only is Johnson facing some serious charges, but he also has lost the opportunity to play for FSU. According to ESPN, Florida State Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher dismissed Johnson from the team on Monday evening due to his behavior. He has been enrolled at the school since January after graduating from high school early (First Coast High School in Jacksonville). And despite being kicked off the team, Johnson is still attending classes.
He has since obtained the legal defense of attorney Jose Baez, who helped Casey Anthony get acquitted in Orlando after she was charged with murdering her daughter, Caylee.
Baez said in a statement that the woman in the video was the “initial aggressor” and that Johnson was defending himself. But he also said that the football star is “extremely embarrassed” and hoping to learn from this situation.
“While it is clear from the video that De’Andre Johnson was not the initial aggressor, his family wants to take the lead in helping him learn and grow from this experience. He is currently participating in community service and faith-based programs focused on battered women, substance abuse and the empowerment of children.”
He continued, “De’Andre is extremely embarrassed by this situation and would like to express his heartfelt apologies to everyone, including those who were directly affected, Coach Fisher and his teammates, the entire Florida State University community, as well as his family and friends.”