By R.O. Chester
Why is it that De’Andre Johnson has been suspended from the Florida State football team for standing his ground, just like George Zimmerman allegedly did with Trayvon Martin?
Here is the video:
ESPN has the details:
Former Florida State quarterback De’Andre Johnson’s attorney, Jose Baez, told NBC News on Tuesday that his 19-year-old client punched a woman in the face after she called him racial epithets and provoked him.
Johnson, a redshirt freshman from Jacksonville, Florida, was dismissed from FSU’s team by coach Jimbo Fisher on Monday night, hours after the state’s attorney’s office released surveillance video of him striking the 21-year-old woman in a Tallahassee, Florida, bar on June 24.
Johnson, who was named “Mr. Football” in Florida as a senior at First Coast High School in 2014, is charged with misdemeanor battery. Baez entered a written not guilty plea on his client’s behalf on July 2. Johnson is scheduled to appear at a case management hearing in Leon County Court on July 22.
Appearing on NBC’s “Today” show Tuesday, Baez said Johnson was not the initial aggressor, but is “owning this” and trying to learn from the experience.
Baez said the woman raised her fist and shouted “racial epithets” at Johnson after he accidentally made contact with her while they waited to order at the bar.
Baez said Johnson tried to “de-escalate the situation,” but the woman “kneed him in the groin area” and “took another swing before he retaliated.”
“It wasn’t until she struck him twice that he reacted,” Baez told NBC. “But he is very … he is very regretful that he didn’t turn around and walk away immediately.”
Why is it that a young Black man gets stripped of his position on the football team, and charged with battery in the same state that has the “stand your ground” law which permitted George Zimmerman to shoot Trayvon Martin? Does something seem wrong here? She obviously struck him first, and second. The level of force he used seem appropriate to the situation. De’Andre did not kill the girl, and she seemed fine a few seconds later. Is a Black heat of the moment reaction different than a White heat of the moment reaction?
I don’t understand this, but it don’t seem right somehow. Maybe everybody got caught up in the heat of all the domestic violence brouhaha going on in the NFL. But De’Andre Johnson should not have to pay a price for that. I am glad he has a good lawyer.
R. O. Chester