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After video, FSU dismisses quarterback De’Andre Johson

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The images were too disturbing to live with.

The vision was just too harsh to overcome.

And so, hours after a disturbing video was released of a barroom incident, Florida State University immediately dismissed freshman quarterback De’Andre Johnson from its football team.

Johnson, who at 19 was clearly too young to drink, was involved in an argument and punched a woman. He faced a misdemeanor battery charge. Johnson was not considered a serious challenger for the quarterback job during the upcoming season, but could have competed for it in the future.

For FSU, it meant a return to the controversy of quarterback Jameis Winston, in which the program constantly heard charges of favoritism during the police investigation.

The FSU state attorney’s office released the official surveillance video that showed Johnson striking a woman during an argument at a Tallahassee bar on Monday. Johnson, 19 and well under the drinking limit, got into a shoving match with the woman while both were waiting to be served. Johnson has been suspended indefinitely from the FSU football team.

Johnson is charged with misdemeanor battery. He has been released from Leon Country Jail on $500 bond.

Jose Baez, the attorney for Johnson, issued a statement that stated that Johnson did not make the initial contact, sort of a “she started it” kind of statement. He said that Johnson is embarrassed and apologizes for the incident.

According to court records, the woman suffered bruising near her left eye, swelling of the left cheek and upper lip and a small cut near the bridge of her nose.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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