For the “What does this have to do with pro football?” crowd, go ahead and scroll to the next story.
OK, now that they’re gone, here’s the latest on a college football story that has relevance to pro football only because the player at the middle of the controversy may never end up playing pro football, in large part because the thing he did was caught on video.
Former Florida State quarterback De’Andre Johnson punched a woman in the face at a Tallahassee bar, a violent and graphic blow coming after the woman threw a punch at Johnson. Some have argued that he was provoked. Others have suggested that the woman should face criminal charges, too.
In the wide discretion of prosecutor Wille Meggs, those arguments have fallen flat.
Via the Tallahassee Democrat, Meggs believes that Johnson initiated the contact with the woman, and that the woman was acting in self-defense. She will face no charges.
“A person’s entitled to use self-defense if they’re being battered by someone else, and she certainly was entitled to do what she did,” Meggs said. “She didn’t commit a crime is the reason she’s not charged with a crime.”
The only question now is whether Johnson will work out a plea bargain or stand trial for his apparent crime. Toward that end, Meggs has subpoenaed five other players who were with Johnson at the bar where the incident occurred.