De’Andre Johnson was kicked off Florida State after video released Monday shows the freshman quarterback punching a woman in the face during a bar dispute.
Johnson had already been charged with battery for the incident, which took place June 25. On Monday, the Tallahassee Democrat posted a five-minute video of the alleged assault, showing a woman waiting to order at a bar when Johnson pushes past year.
The two then got into an argument and the woman lashed out at Johnson, who responded by punching her in the face.
De’Andre Johnson had already been suspended, but within hours, the Seminoles took decisive action. Just before 10 p.m. ET, the team released a statement that Johnson was kicked off the team.
Florida State has dismissed QB DeAndre Johnson. pic.twitter.com/VnGomkNCDh
— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) July 7, 2015
Johnson still has legal trouble as well. State Attorney Willie Meggs said the woman, who still had a black eye when she met with investigators, is determined to see the case through.
“She’s a good witness and she wants to testify,” Meggs said. “She’s a little nervous about it.”
Johnson has responded to the charges by apologizing and saying that he is entering domestic violence courses to better control his anger.
Johnson’s lawyer, Jose Baez, told TMZ Sports, “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.”
“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.”
The De’Andre Jordan video has not only cost him his college team, but could also shatter his NFL dreams. Pro Football Talk explained.
“For Florida State quarterback De’Andre Johnson, who in theory could have become the next NFL quarterback groomed for success by coach Jimbo Fisher (joining the likes of first-rounders JaMarcus Russell, Christian Ponder, EJ Manuel, and Jameis Winston), Johnson’s chances of ever making it to the NFL have decreased dramatically now that visual evidence has surfaced of the violent blow he delivered to the head of a woman at a bar in Tallahassee last month.”
The De’Andre Johnson video is also creating another controversy. The Tallahassee police department — already under fire for its missteps in the Jameis Winston rape investigation — was criticized for releasing the victim’s name but initially redacting Johnson’s name from reports.
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