Florida State Seminoles quarterback has been suspended indefinitely from the football team. Head coach Jimbo Fisher made the announcement, which was reported on the Twitter page for FSU fan site Warchant.com.
Jimbo Fisher has announced the indefinite suspension of freshman De’Andre Johnson for a violation of athletic department policy.
— Warchant.com (@Warchant) June 25, 2015
However, though Fisher cited the reason for Johnson’s suspension, ESPN’s Mark Schlabach is reporting that Johnson punched a woman in a bar, thus his being charged with misdemeanor battery.
— Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) June 25, 2015
State attorney's office charged De'Andre Johnson with misdemeanor battery after reviewing video of incident from bar security cameras
— Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) June 30, 2015
ESPN’s Randy Scott offered further information.
Arrest warrant has been issued for suspended FSU QB De'Andre Johnson, accused of punching a 21-year-old woman in a bar June 24th.
— Randy Scott (@RandyScottESPN) June 30, 2015
Needless to say, Johnson faces a long uphill battle if he is to get back in the good graces of FSU. He’s behind upperclassmen Everett Golson and Sean Maguire on the Seminoles’ depth chart, but chances are the freshman is going to have a lot of work to do if he is to ever play a down for the team.
The sports world is taking a hard stance on violence against women, and Johnson will not be an exception.
Assuming he is even with the team once the dust settles on this episode, he’s going to have to put in a lot of hard work to convince other teams why they should take a flyer on him.
Campus Sports will update this story as more information becomes available.
FSU opens the 2015 season against Texas State at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 5.
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