Tennessee defensive tackle Alexis Johnson has been suspended by the school, after his arrest on charges of aggravated assault and false imprisonment, according to the Times Free Press.
Ryan Robinson, spokesman for the school released the following statement:
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Johnson is a junior-college transfer, coming from Fort Scott Community College in Kansas. He enrolled at the school just last month, after signing with the school in December. He was taken into custody at 8:43 p.m. on Wednesday, according to The Knoxville News Sentinel.
According to The Sentinel, the victim told police that she was “play fighting” with Johnson, when things became violent, and Johnson choked her, nearly to the point of passing out.
More from the incident, via The Knoxville News Sentinel:
A witness said Johnson “appeared to be really punching her,” and that the victim’s lip was “busted,” according to the warrants.
“The defendant attempted to repetitively touch and kiss her and she repeatedly stated that she did not want to have sex with him,” the warrants state. “(The) victim attempted to leave the bedroom and said the defendant blocked the door prohibiting her exit. While doing so, the defendant stated, ‘You think I won’t (expletive) you up?’ ”
Johnson’s alleged incident comes just a day after former Volunteer Mack Crowder was arrested as part of a sting operation that targeted adult males who were seeking underage females online for sex.
[Times Free Press/Photo: Alexis Johnson]