TALLAHASSEE, FL (The Spread) - After video of him punching a woman in a bar went viral, Florida State dismissed quarterback De'Andre Johnson from the football team on Monday.
In the video, the female appears to have cut in front of Johnson while waiting for drinks at a bar. Johnson then retaliates by grabbing the woman and striking her in the face after she took a swipe at him and missed. The freshman quarterback was charged with misdemeanor battery and immediately suspended once the original acquisition was made on June 25.
"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," Johnson's trial attorney Jose Baez said in a statement Monday. "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 teammates, the entire Florida State University community, as well as his family and friends."
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