Former FSU quarterback De’Andre Johnson spoke out for the first time since being dismissed from the Seminoles football, in an interview with former NFL defensive end and current host on ABC’s Good Morning America, Michael Strahan, that aired Tuesday morning.
Johnson, the 2014 Florida Mr. Football award winner and former First Coast High School star, was dismissed from the Florida State football team, June 6, after surveillance video was released of him allegedly punching a woman in the face at a Tallahassee bar.
In the interview, Johnson showed remorse for his actions on the night of June 24.
“There is no explanation for that,” Johnson said. “I totally should’ve walked away. If I could do it all over again I would.”
Johnson is being charged with misdemeanor battery from the incident. He is pleading not guilty, as his camp, including his lawyer Jose Baez, has stated Johnson was not the instigator and that the female used racial slurs before the alleged punch. While Johnson claims he didn’t start the incident, he says that doesn’t excuse his actions.
“It doesn’t matter,” Johnson said. “What matters is I shouldn’t have raised my hand to her. I should have walked away.”
When asked who he felt he let down the most, Johnson, answered his mother, Pamela Jones, who sat by his side throughout the the interview with Strahan.
“She didn’t raise me this way,” Johnson said. “It kills me inside to know that I hurt her heart.”
Johnson is not legally allowed to reach out to the alleged victim. However, he used the interview as a platform to apologize to her and her family saying he was “severely sorry.”
He also said he did not not blame FSU for dismissing him from the team and he doesn’t believe that he deserves a second chance with the Seminoles.
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