Jalen Johnson may be in trouble with the law, but he’s still in good standing with his head coach.
The Journal-Constitution writes that “[a]ccording to the Georgia code, a person is guilty of simple battery if he or she ‘intentionally makes physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature’ with another person or ‘intentionally causes physical harm to another.'”
In statement released Sunday, the school said that “Jalen Johnson is a member of the Georgia Tech football team,” adding that “[t]he Georgia Institute of Technology does not discuss ongoing investigations.”
Monday, Paul Johnson indicated that, at least for now, the defensive back won’t be suspended by the football program.
“I think I would urge everybody to let all the facts come in and let the investigation unfold and then we’ll make an appropriate statement and an appropriate action,” the coach said. “But guys are innocent until proven guilty. Just because it happened doesn’t mean they’re always guilty, so let’s let the facts play out.
“Now, if this was a slam dunk, and we knew what happened, then you act, but you wait and find out all the facts and act accordingly. … I’m not sure this is going to be an issue when it all plays out.”
The coach’s confidence in how the situation plays out stems from speaking “to several people” about what allegedly happened.
Johnson is a redshirt sophomore. After playing in 10 games last season, he’s played in all eight thus far this season. Both seasons, he’s been mainly a special teams contributor.