TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – De’Andre Johson’s lawyer, Jose Baez, has released a statement in regards to the now former Seminole quarterback’s dismissal from the FSU football team following Monday’s release of surveillance video that allegedly shows Johnson punching a woman in the face at a Tallahassee bar last month.
In the statement sent to First Coast News, Baez states “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 [Jimbo] Fisher and his teammates, the entire Florida State University community as well as his family and friends.”
The former First Coast High School standout and 2014 Mr. Football award winner was allegedly involved in an altercation with a woman at Yianni’s nightclub in Tallahassee, the night of June 24. The woman appeared to become distraught with Johnson after she felt he was pushing past her to get to the bar. After a verbal altercation, Johnson appears to grab the woman’s arms, before she throws a punch at him. He then retaliates with a punch to her face.
A warrant was issued for Johnson arrest soon after the incident and he turned himself in to Leon County Jail, June 30, before posting $500 bail.
Johnson is facing misdemeanor battery chargers.
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