Former Redskins wide receiver charged with misdemeanor assault outside D.C. club


Former Washington wide receiver Josh Morgan grabs a catch during pre-game warmups before the Washington Redskins play the San Diego Chargers at FedEx Field on Nov. 3, 2013. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

A former wide receiver for the Washington Redskins who left the team at the end of last season was arrested by D.C. police early Sunday and charged with punching a man outside an upscale nightclub in Northwest Washington, according to a department spokesman.

Joshua Morgan, 28, who signed with the Chicago Bears a week ago, was charged with misdemeanor assault, according to Officer Araz Alali, a D.C. police spokesman. Alali confirmed that the player was the person charged.

Morgan was issued a citation ordering him to appear in court on May 22, and was released, authorities said.

The man who said he was punched told police that he was outside the club when Morgan and a female companion pulled up at about 1:30 a.m. The man said he looked at the woman, and Morgan became upset. Police said the incident occurred outside Cities Restaurant and Lounge in the 900 block of 19th Street NW, between K Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.

A police report identifies the man as Kenneth Johnson, 23, of Northeast. In an interview, Johnson, who works for District Valet, said he never said anything to provoke Morgan. “He asked, ‘Are you staring at my girl?’ I said to him, ‘Don’t worry about it. You’re going into the club. That’s your girl. It’s cool.’ ”

Johnson said he was pushed and then hit in the lip, causing an abrasion. He said that people with Morgan surrounded him, and that he didn’t realize Morgan was a professional football player until he got to the police station, heard the name and searched for him on the Internet.

Morgan could not be reached for comment, and a message was left with his agent. A spokesman for the Chicago Bears said the team was unaware of the arrest and had no immediate comment. It was not clear if he has a lawyer.

Morgan grew up in Washington and attended H.D. Woodson High School in Northeast Washington and Virginia Tech. He played four years with San Francisco before joining the Redskins in 2012.

In 2013, he was named the Redskins’ man of the year for his charity and outreach work in the District. The D.C. Council named June 20, 2013, Josh Morgan Day. He had signed a two-year, $11.5 million contract with the Redskins. By the 2013 season, however, his statistics faltered and he openly questioned the team’s leadership and his diminished playing time.

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