BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A 19-year-old football standout from Florida State University stands charged with battery following an incident at a nightclub. He is seen on video punching a female in the face.
De’Andre Johnson was released from the Florida State University football team Monday after footage of the June 24 incident surfaced. The video captured shows a brief altercation between a female and the teen. It appears to start verbally but ends when Johnson strikes the woman in her face.
Johnson turned himself in and is facing charges, but his defense says he’s not the original aggressor. The freshman’s lawyer says he did not start the altercation, saying the woman first raised her fists, struck him and shouted “racial epithets” at the young man. His lawyer says before he struck her, she kneed him in the groin and struck him with her fist.
And he’s not alone in questioning what would prompt the young man to strike a woman. Former Florida State University player Ronald Darby, who was selected in the Buffalo Bills draft, spoke out on twitter, questioning why the woman isn’t under scrutiny.
“What I want to know is whats (sic) happening to the girl that clearly hit De’Andre first?” Darby questioned from his twitter account, but did say his would-be teammate wasn’t in the right. “It’s never right to hit a girl at all but they have to get some kind of consequence as well.”
But Darby quickly hit a wall of criticism from those defending the young woman. He defended his comments in another tweet.
“Yall (sic) really trying to make something out of nothing,” Darby said. “Show me this much attention when I post positive or motivational stuff. Lord bless.”
Darby has since removed the tweets from his account.