In 2003 he was a first-round draft to the Kansas City Chiefs. Later that year he was charged with aggravated assault and misdemeanor battery after he allegedly brandished a gun while fighting with a former girlfriend. After Johnson went to a domestic violence diversion program, the charges were dropped.
In 2005 and 2006, he was selected an All-Pro and Chiefs MVP. Three years later he was accused of pushing a woman in the head at a Kansas City nightclub. Later that year, another woman claimed Johnson spat a drink at her at another KC nightclub, and later threatened to kill her boyfriend. For these two incidents, Johnson was sentenced to two years of probation after pleading guilty to reduced disturbing the peace charges.
In 2009, Johnson was suspended for one-game for using an anti-gay slur. Now, Johnson has been arrested in Las Vegas for battery domestic violence – strangulation.
According to Johnson’s ex-girlfriend, after she and some girlfriends met up with Johnson, she agreed to go back to Johnson’s room to “catch up.” While in Johnson’s Bellagio hotel room, the former NFL running back became very angry and started beating and throwing the ex. Johnson allegedly tried to strangle her, at which time the ex-girlfriend passed out. She woke up in a Bellagio hallway clothes dressed in just her underwear and a see-through blouse. Her face and body had marks of a beating and bruises on her neck indicated she may have been strangled. Johnson was arrested after Bellagio security were called by another guest on the 10th Floor.
According to the police report, the ex- said Johnson had assaulted her at the Wynn Hotel, on a previous trip to Las Vegas. The police report also stated that Johnson told the Bellagio security that his ex- would not press charges “same as last time In Nevada, a criminal battery domestic violence is present if there is unlawful force, which includes hitting and choking, against another person, such as a former significant other, with the intent to use the force. In 2009, the Nevada legislature made domestic battery with strangulation a felony charge punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Common defenses to a criminal battery domestic violence charge are self-defense, accident, self-inflicted injuries, or false allegations. If you find yourself charged with criminal battery domestic violence, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately.
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