Wednesday, July 08, 2015

FSU QB De'Andre Johnson Dismissed from team amid battery charges

Freshman quarterback De'Andre Johnson faces misdemeanor battery charges and was dismissed from the Florida State football team on the same day that prosecutors released video showing him punching a woman at a bar.

Florida State president John Thrasher said he fully supported the head coach Jimbo Fisher's decision to suspend and then dismiss Johnson from the football program.

"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," Thrasher said.

Johnson's defense attorney Jose Baez issued a statement following the release of the video and before his client was dismissed from the Florida State football team.

"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. 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," Baez said.

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