“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 Fisher and his team mates, the entire Florida State University community, as well as his family and friends.”
On Thursday, Johnson was released from Leon County jail on $500 bond.
Police in Tallahassee charged Florida State quarterback De’Andre Johnson with misdemeanor battery after reviewing video of a June 24 incident involving a woman at a Tallahassee bar. Now that video has come to light, and it’s a really, really bad look.
The Tallahassee Democrat has the video in its entirety here, but below is the actual incident (it’s pretty violent, so be warned before viewing).
Florida State suspended Johnson on June 25 for violating team rules. The 19-year-old freshman, who was named Florida’s Mr. Football as a high school senior, enrolled at Florida State in January after completing high school early. He was not expected to vie for the Seminoles’ starting quarterback spot and, considering this incident is now out there for all to see, might soon find himself looking for a new college team.