Just when you thought the De’Andre Johnson situation was slowing down, the case bubbles back to the surface yet again.
Florida State’s Attorney Willie Meggs (pictured) confirmed to the Tallahassee Democrat that he has issued subpoenas for a total of five Florida State football players: redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Wilson Bell, sophomore defensive back Malique Jackson, sophomore linebacker Jacob Pugh, redshirt freshman tight end Mavin Sanders and freshman wide receiver Auden Tate. Bell and Tate have already been questioned by Meggs, while the other three will meet with him Friday.
Meggs stated that there’s a possibility of additional Seminole football players being subpoenaed, although he declined to divulge any names.
The five players already subpoenaed left a Tallahassee bar with Johnson, per the Democrat’s report, the night of June 26 when he was arrested and charged after punching a woman in the face. The Democrat, though, went on to write that “Meggs said he did not know if all five players were at the bar at the same time or if they all went out together.”
Meggs stated that, in his questioning of Bell and Tate, he “gained some information” as to what transpired that night last month. The video seems to show Johnson making the initial physical contact, which is exactly how Meggs and his office viewed the video and why the female victim is not facing any 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.”
Johnson’s lawyer has publicly claimed that racial slurs were directed at his client by the woman prior to the punch.