Florida State University Dismisses Quarterback After Video Surfaces Of Him Punching A Woman
De'Andre Johnson was arrested and charged last month after he allegedly punched a woman in the face at a bar.
Florida State University quarterback De'Andre Johnson was dismissed from the team Monday night, hours after this video of him punching a woman at a Tallahassee bar was released by the Florida State Attorney's Office.
In the security footage, Johnson, the 19-year-old quarterback for the Florida State Seminoles, is seen punching Abigail Husty, a 21-year-old FSU student, in the face after an altercation at Yianni's Nightclub near the FSU campus on June 24.
The video shows Husty raising her arm at Johnson when he "aggressively" pushed past her as she waited to order drinks at the bar, according to court documents. Johnson grabbed her raised arm and began pushing her. To release his grip on her, Husty raised her knee and lunged toward Johnson in at attempt to strike him with her left fist. Johnson then punched the woman on the left side of her face.
One of the witnesses heard Husty yell "no" twice at Johnson before he punched her, court documents said.
She suffered bruising under her left eye, swelling to the left cheek and upper lip, and and a small cut near the bridge of her nose.
Johnson was charged with misdemeanor battery. He turned himself in to police on June 30 and was released on $500 bond, the Tallahassee Democrat reported. On July 2, he pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charge.
Florida State head football coach Jimbo Fisher announced Monday evening that Johnson has been dismissed from the football team effective immediately, FSU said in a statement to BuzzFeed News.
"Johnson was indefinitely suspended on June 25 following initial reports of an incident that occurred off campus and resulted in a criminal charge," the statement said.
In a statement to BuzzFeed News, Johnson's attorney, Jose Baez — who won an acquittal for Casey Anthony — said the quarterback was "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."
Baez said that while Johnson was "not the initial aggressor, his family wants to take the lead in helping him learn and grow from this experience."
The statement also said that Johnson is participating in community service and programs focusing on battered women, substance abuse, and the empowerment of children.
A former FSU star quarterback, Jameis Winston, was sued in April by a former student who accused him of sexual battery, assault, and false imprisonment in an alleged incident in 2012.