At the end of a week that saw Florida State dismiss one player for being caught on video punching a woman in the face and another player accused of punching another woman several times in a completely unrelated incident, Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher needed to address the news head on. He has done just that with a brief statement rolled out Friday evening via email.
“Recent events at Florida State University involving members of my football team have brought a lot of attention to the school and program. It is important to me that our fans and the public be aware that I do not tolerate the type of behavior that was captured on video and that was most recently alleged. We spend a good deal of time educating our student-athletes about appropriate behavior and their responsibilities as representatives of Florida State. The majority of our players are exemplary, but clearly we must place an even stronger emphasis on this, and I personally promise we will.
I remain committed to educating our young men and holding them accountable for their actions.
Florida State is a great university. Our fans and supporters deserve better than to hear of actions that are not consistent with the school’s proud history and national stature.
We will do better. I will not tolerate anything less.”
Florida State dismissed freshman quarterback DeAndre Johnson after security video footage of him surfaced. In the video Johnson was seen in an altercation with a woman in a bar. After being punched by the woman, Johnson fired back with a punch right to her face. Johnson was first suspended and later dismissed from the program.
Earlier today running back Dalvin Cook, Florida State’s leading rusher and a potential 2015 Heisman Trophy candidate, was charged for battery of a woman outside a bar. Cook has been suspended indefinitely.