Pro football player punches woman in bar: she won’t face charges

Former Florida State quarterback De’Andre Johnson punched a woman in the face at a Tallahassee bar, a violent and graphic blow coming after the woman threw a punch at Johnson. Some have argued that he was provoked (that is to say, she called him a certain word – ed). Others have suggested that the woman should face criminal charges, too.

In the wide discretion of prosecutor Wille Meggs, those arguments have fallen flat.

Via the Tallahassee Democrat, Meggs believes that Johnson initiated the contact with the woman, and that the woman was acting in self-defense. She will face no charges.

“A person’s entitled to use self-defense if they’re being battered by someone else, and she certainly was entitled to do what she did,” Meggs said. “She didn’t commit a crime is the reason she’s not charged with a crime.”

The only question now is whether Johnson will work out a plea bargain or stand trial for his apparent crime.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Can we end football as a sport now?

    • We need to tear down the racist football stadiums that are a symbol of America’s slave trader history!

      • DVult

        Football is a vicious parody of and a cathartic ceremonial reenactment of the institution of slavery. The running back for example is obviously the runaway slave escaping with a measly loaf of bread. He is pursued and then when caught brutally knocked to the ground and forced to rejoin the work crew from which he tries to escape again and again.

        • Mal

          Holy crap; I think you’re onto something!

      • infedel

        …and basketball, since they have not raised the hoop and lack diversity — plus that sneaker sound is annoying.

  • Alain

    I do not claim to know the truth of what happened in this case, but I do admit that I have met some women who gave me the urge to punch them in the face. The fact that I never did was due to my upbringing with my dad drilling in the lesson that a man never punches or hits a woman.

    • BillyHW

      He probably never had a dad. :_(

      • Alain

        Based on her behaviour neither did she.

        • What are you basing this on? It looks to me like he follows her to the bar, they have an exchange of words lasting a few seconds, she turns and says “no!” and raises a clenched fist, he grabs her wrist, she yells “hey!” but he doesn’t let go, she tries to push him away with her leg and then swings at him, left-handed, not very hard at all, and he belts her. He’s a trained, muscle-bound athlete. She’s a (presumably) drunk chick in a bar.

  • Brett_McS

    What’s with the Leiderhosened bartender. Is that a thing now?

  • simus1

    Gavin is on to it. Ain’t it the truth!
    In the football player case, that is a bit too much pit bull.
    Stay away from the face, just twist her arm off and beat her with it.

  • Shebel

    Hang all cotton farmers!
    They must be made to PAY !

  • Tom Forsythe

    It is a simple trade-off: men are bigger, and can use logic, but are never allowed to hit a woman, even if she hits you first. Take it like a man, and walk away.

  • Dave In Guelph

    This video starts after the punch.

    • SMC_BC

      Go to the Youtube link and you can see the whole thing.

      • Dave In Guelph

        I just reset it to the beginning on the post. Was just informing the poster.

        • Well, thanks. I was certainly very tired yesterday, no doubt I screwed it up.

          Do you have the power to edit posts? (Speaking as The Poster.)

          • Dave In Guelph

            No worries. No I don’t have access to edit. I’d just delete the video that’s there and put the full length copy in. Keep up the good work!

    • SMC_BC

      Watch under the bar, she kicks him too.

    • Tim Benner

      Yes. It is a cover up. The trailer trash gal sticks her butt out at him. Then kicks him. Then threatens him. She is the instigator. Guess she is not a women’s right advocate.

  • SMC_BC

    I had to go to Youtube to see what exactly happened.

    He was only trying to get to the bar when the drunk threatens him with her fist, he stops her by grabbing her arm and saying something to her. Then she kicks him and throws another punch. That’s when he decked her.

    She should have been charged.

    • Alain

      Agree but the norm is: male = guilty, female = innocent whatever the situation and whatever the facts.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    He’ll cop a plea. Prosecutors are always out for victories on the cheap, since looking good is more important to them than upholding justice.

  • G

    Let’s ssseeee….Hmm:

    #1) Drunk, mouthy, aggressive bitch gets well deserved shot in the mouth.

    #2) Pushy, ‘roid monkey, jock who floats through college by tossing a ball & affirmative action loses his career & gets a criminal record.

    Who wins in this fight? …..hmmmm – OH wait! I know!!

    THE REST OF US!!!!

  • infedel

    We are no longer are a civil society — with the redefinition of words and centuries old common institutions and societal norms being attacked — very sad. Multi-culti must go; everyone, from 1965 on, back to their own lands. He pushed his way to the front as an entitled athlete — seen this so many times on college campus. I would never raise my fist to anyone;however, I would never submit to someone pushing me around.

  • bob e

    the video evidence will be deemed racist & no longer available.
    how many black mofo’s ya think are exactly like this asshole ..??
    i’m sick to death of black people ..and of the entire country trying
    to shove blackness up my butt ..

    • G

      Those who can lip read will find she says “Hey buddy! Don’t push!”

      There we see the problem.
      In this situation the proper response should have been “Hey Homey! Theys lootin’ an’ burnin’ the mall dowda street wachoo doin’ here”?

      The he would have left with no further confrontation.

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  • Hard Little Machine

    Tallahassee is the most redneck white trash city in America. 99% of all bottle blonde fat drunk women in bars are screaming nigger this and nigger that. I’m surprised she didn’t spit on him or break a bottle on his head.

  • Jabberwokk

    If you want to speak in the language of fighting you best be literate.

    Otherwise might I suggest not feigning literacy by putting up your dukes and expressing your willingness to engage.

    As far as who gets charged I would only advocate that if he walked away.

    As far as I can see the punishment fit the crime.

    • I’ve never needed anyone to tell me not to hit someone weaker than myself. It’s not done. Civilized people don’t do it.

      • Jabberwokk

        I’ve never had anyone tell me to not strike people that are stronger than me either.

        The moral of the story is if you don’t want to talk with your fists then talk with your words because someone might take you up on it.

        • Everyone is stronger than someone. And who the hell needs anyone to tell them that they should “not strike people that are stronger than me”? Australopithecus knew that. We’re trying to have a civilization here.

          The “moral of the story” is that you shouldn’t be a huge pumped-up dude, go hitting bars, punch chicks you aren’t getting along with, and then expect people not to have a problem with it.

        • Out of interest, after he decked her, if she’d pulled out a gun and shot him, say in the foot, would you be cool with that?