De’Andre Johnson is no longer a Seminole! After footage of him punching a woman in the face was released to the public, Florida State University cut De’Andre him from team. But he says that the woman started the fight when she called him a racial slur!
De’Andre Johnson’s college football career is over! The 19-year old quarterback was thrown off Florida State University’s team after a video of him punching a woman in a bar went viral. While De’Andre apologized for his actions, he reportedly says that the woman picked the fight with him by insulting him with the n-word!
The Seminoles’ head coach, Jimbo Fisher, sacked De’Andre on July 6, after the video of him committing assault was released, reports the Tallahassee Democrat. The now-public video shows the June 24 incident where De’Andre punched the woman in the Yiannis bar. After bumping into her, De’Andre and the woman got into a heated altercation, one that led to an exchange of fists! His punch is really brutal and it reportedly gave the woman a black eye, a cut on the nose and intense swelling.
De’Andre turned himself in and pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charge on July 2. His trial is set for later in the month, and he is not backing down! De’Andre’s reps reportedly told TMZ that the woman in the video dropped the n-bomb when he bumped into her, saying “Get off me you f**king n*****” De’Andre reportedly has witnesses ready to testify in court to support his claim.
De’Andre also maintained that he’s not the one who started the fight in the statement his lawyer, Jose Baez, released on July 6. “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,” Jose said. The lawyer also said that De’Andre expresses “his heartfelt apologies” to everyone involved.
Whoa. The woman reportedly calling De’Andre the n-word doesn’t justify his actions, but it would add a huge aspect to his upcoming trial. What will happen to De’Andre? Will he ever play football for Florida State again? We’ll have to wait and see.
What do you think about De’Andre getting booted from the team, HollywoodLifers? Was it the right thing to do? If the woman called him a racial slur, do you think they’ll let him back on the team if he’s found not guilty?
— Jason Brow