A member of the Florida State football program officially has a legal issue with which to deal.
ESPN.com‘s Mark Schlabach is reporting that De’Andre Johnson has been charged with misdemeanor battery by the state attorney’s office of Florida. According to reports at the time, it’s alleged that an unidentified female — well, unidentified to everybody but the Tallahassee Police Department — was punched by the quarterback at a local drinking establishment.
Schlabach added that the charge was filed “after reviewing video of incident from bar security cameras.” An arrest warrant has been issued for Johnson, who has yet to turn himself in on the charge.
It was announced last Thursday that Johnson had been indefinitely suspended from the football program.
A four-star member of the Seminoles’ 2015 recruiting class. Johnson was rated by Rivals.com as the No. 12 dual-threat quarterback in the country and the No. 39 player at any position in the state of Florida. He was an early enrollee who participated in spring practice.
With the addition of graduate transfer Everett Golson and the presence of 2014 backup Sean Maguire, Johnson was likely looking at a redshirt season even before his off-field issue surfaced.
UPDATED 5:55 p.m. ET: Johnson has turned himself in to the Leon County Jail and remains in jail as of this update in lieu of a $500 bond. According to the Tallahassee Democrat, the alleged victim met with state’s attorney Willie Meggs, who will prosecute the case, on Tuesday. The woman, who still had a black eye when she met with Meggs, is described as beign cooperative with authorities.