Former Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson was arrested early Friday after he was accused of beating and choking a woman at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.
After he was released from jail, Johnson claimed his innocence to TMZ, saying he is simply a victim of his own checkered past.
“I know people will try to pass judgement on me from my previous record,” Johnson told the gossip site. “But I didn’t do what I am being charged with.”
He is being charged with battery and strangulation, which could carry a minimum of two years in prison if he is convicted. Johnson allegedly blew up at a former girlfriend in his hotel room, throwing her around and finally choking her into unconsciousness while leaving her in a hallway.
His tale of events is very different and Johnson feels he wasn’t given a fair shake because of his four previous arrests that involve violence against women. Johnson says the woman is an old acquaintance that would not leave his hotel room after they were partying together at The Bank Nightclub at the Bellagio.
Johnson says it’s the woman that got violent, kicking and slapping him as he tried to remove her from his room. Once he was able to force her out of his room, Johnson claims she was kicking the door. He says her actions should be on the hotel security cameras.
While I’m always willing to give someone the benefit of the doubt, even Johnson’s version of events shows the kind of guy he is. If he really wanted her to leave, why wouldn’t he call security instead of physically removing her?
Also, does anyone think that if the video from the Bellagio shows her kicking and banging on the door that anything she said that happened inside the hotel room should be discounted?
No matter how this case ends up being resolved, maybe Johnson should finally decide to stop putting his hands on women. Just a thought.