The sight of Florida State University freshman quarterback punching a woman at a nightclub was captured in a surveillance camera and released later by the State’s Attorney’s office in Tallahassee.
19-year-old quarterback De’Andre Johnson was charged with misdemeanor battery, according to an arrest warrant.
Coming to know of the incident following the release of the video Florida football team punted Johnson immediately. Coach Jimbo Fisher announced his dismissal.
Johnson surrendered and was later released after posting $500 bail, as reported by FCN, an affiliate of NBC.
Johnson was seen scuffling with a woman in a crowded bar inside a Tallahassee club – which the police identified as Yianni’s – in a black-and-white video that surfaced on June 24. Johnson punches the unidentified woman, and then moves away from the camera at one point. Earlier, he appears to grab the woman’s arm and pins it to her chest. As she swats at his face, Johnson smacks her.
“The victim suffered bruising under her left eye, swelling to the left cheek and a small cut near the bridge of her nose,” says a warrant, according to which the victim twice screamed “no” before being punched.
As a freshman, Johnson led the Bucs to a state championship game, and last year, he was declared Florida’s Mr. Football, an honor also held by Tim Tebow. Earlier, Johnson was a star at First Coast High School.
Johnson’s lawyer Jose Baez said that his client was “embarrassed” by the altercation.
“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,” Baez said in a statement. “De’Andre is extremely embarrassed by this situation and would like to express his heartfelt apologies to everyone, including those who were directly affected.”
FSU President John Thrasher in a statement hailed the decision of his side’s coach.
“I fully support Coach Fisher’s decisions to immediately suspend and subsequently dismiss De’Andre Johnson from the football team,” Thrasher said in a statement. “While it is always important to adhere to due process, having now seen the physical altercation captured on video, there is no question in my mind that Coach Fisher made the correct decisions.”