Quarterback De’Andre Johnson was dismissed from Florida State’s football team yesterday, and nobody seems to support the decision more than university president John Thrasher.
Speaking to Safid Deen of the Tallahassee Democrat, Thrasher offered a full statement on the decision to do so.
“I fully support Coach (Jimbo) Fisher’s decisions to immediately suspend and subsequently dismiss De’Andre Johnson from the football team. While it is always important to adhere to due process, having now seen the physical altercation captured on video, there is no question in my mind that Coach Fisher made the correct decisions.
“I expect all students at Florida State University, including student-athletes, to adhere to the highest level of conduct. I have no tolerance for the kind of behavior exhibited in this case.
“Florida State University was forged from an outstanding college for women and has a long tradition of being a caring community that demands students be treated with dignity and respect. All students must know their university will do everything it can to ensure a safe, healthy and positive environment in which they can learn and enjoy their college experience. As president, I am committed to maintaining such an environment at FSU.”
Last month, Johnson was charged with misdemeanor battery following an incident where he was reported to have punched a woman in the face at a Tallahassee bar. Yesterday, video footage confirmed that he did do just that. If he is going to try and revive his football career and try to get anything close to a clean slate, he will likely need to do so at junior college first.
This is just another sad chapter in the sports world’s recent hard stance on violence against women, with another young athlete tarnishing his image forever.
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