TALLAHASSEE, FL (The Spread) - The attorney for former Florida State quarterback De'Andre Johnson claims that his client punched a woman in the face after she called him racial epithets and provoked him.
Appearing on NBC's "Today" show on Tuesday, Jose Baez said that his 19-year-old client was not the initial aggressor but is "owning this" and trying to learn from the experience. Johnson, a redshirt freshman from Jacksonville, Florida, was dismissed from FSU's football team by coach Jimbo Fisher on Monday night after video of the incident went viral on the internet.
Baez said that the woman raised her fist and shouted "racial epithets" at Johnson after he accidentally made contract with her while they waited to order drinks at the bar. Baez also claims Johnson tried to "de-escalate the situation" but the woman "kneed him in the groin area" and "took another swing before he retaliated."