Soon after the state’s attorney’s office released a video showing Florida State Seminoles freshman QB De’Andre Johnson punching a woman in the face at a Tallahassee bar in June, the school moved quickly to dismiss the young man.
The team made a brief statement on the matter Monday night.
On June 24, Johnson was charged misdemeanor battery for striking the 21-year-old woman during an argument. He surrendered to police six days later and was released on $500 bond.
Johnson is shown in the video pushing the woman, who was waiting to order a drink at the bar. The woman confronted him as Johnson held her right arm after she raised it in a fist. She then raised her knee and use her left arm to swing at Johnson.
That’s when he punched her in the face.
According to the incident report, the woman, also a Florida State student, suffered bruising near her left eye, swelling of the left cheek and upper lip, and a small cut near the bridge of her nose, per ESPN.
“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,” Johnson’s attorney Jose Baez said in a statement Monday. “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.”