TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WFLA)- Florida State University wasted no time dismissing freshman Quarterback De’Andre Johnson after video released on Monday showed him punching a woman in the face. Johnson was charged with battery, but the football player and his family say it is the woman who should face charges.
In a written statement and in an interview, De’Andre Johnson’s lawyer Jose Baez said the woman in the June 24th altercation in a Tallahassee bar was the initial aggressor. “It began with the woman turning around and raising her fist at him. She later strikes him in the groin area with her leg. And then takes a swing at him before he even responds” said Baez.
The family is calling for the woman to be charged. But, State Attorney Willie Meggs says he went over the video frame by frame with the woman who says the first contact was by Johnson when he elbowed her in the back. She turned to tell him to back off. He then pushed his way to the bar, where she raised her hand. He grabbed her and she responded by kneeing him and attempting to throw a punch. He then let loose with a right to her face.
Both the lawyer and the family said that she should be charged, but Meggs saif that will not happen. “I can tell you one hundred percent she is not going to be charged,” said Meggs. “She is not going to be arrested. She was not the agressor in this case.” State Attorney Meggs said the video is very strong evidence and he said the woman still has a black eye.
In a written statement just hours after the video was released, the FSU football program dismissed Johnson from the team. He had previously been suspended indefinitely.
On Tuesday, FSU President John Thrasher issued a statement supporting the dismissal. Johnson has entered a not guilty plea and is due in a Leon County Court on July 22nd.