Tally Democrat – The State Attorney’s Office released surveillance video today of Florida State University quarterback De’Andre Johnson punching a woman at a bar last month.
State Attorney Willie Meggs said he decided to charge Johnson, 19, with misdemeanor battery after viewing the footage from the West Tennessee Street bar Yiannis on June 24.
Florida State University freshman quarterback De’Andre Johnson turned himself in at the Leon County Jail on June 30 after a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Johnson, 19, is being charged with misdemeanor battery. He was released from the Leon County Jail on $500 bond Thursday.
The State Attorney’s Office in Tallahassee issued an arrest warrant for Johnson Tuesday. Johnson, 19, is accused of punching a woman in the face at a West Tennessee bar during an argument on the night of June 24, according to court documents.
The incident occurred while the woman was waiting in line for a drink at Yianni’s nightclub and felt Johnson push past her aggressively, court records say.
When she addressed him at the bar, she raised her arm to defend herself, and he grabbed her arm and began pushing her. She raised her knee into his midsection to push him away and attempted to punch him, court records say, before Johnson punched her on the left side of her face.
The woman suffered bruising near her left eye, swelling of the left cheek and upper lip, and a small cut near the bridge of her nose, according to court records.
Johnson left the bar after the incident and the woman remained.
State Attorney Willie Meggs, who will prosecute the case, said the woman still had the black eye when she met with prosecutors Tuesday.
I mean I don’t know how many times the same thing has to happen over and over and over again before guys figure it out. You just can’t hit a woman. You can’t. Yes this chick hit him first. Yes she is 100% in the wrong for doing that. No you can’t have free reign to hit a guy just because he pissed you off by cutting you at the bar. But as a guy you can’t just rear back and unload on her face and give her a 3 week black eye because she did that. You can push her off you, call the bouncer over, get her kicked out, do whatever you gotta do. But you have to keep your anger in check. Sorry but that’s just part of being a man.
And here’s a little hint for the FSU football team – after the past couple of years, with all the scrutiny on the program and its legal situations from the media and outsiders, especially with situations regarding women – you probably want to avoid smashing chicks in the face with your fist. Just a thought.