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De’Andre Johnson Tells 'GMA' Racial Slur Didn’t Justify Hitting Woman In The Face

“It doesn’t matter. What matters is that I shouldn’t have raised my hand to her.”
Florida State quarterback De'Andre Johnson calls a play in the first half of Florida State Garnet & Gold spring college f
Florida State quarterback De'Andre Johnson calls a play in the first half of Florida State Garnet & Gold spring college football game in Tallahassee, Fla., Saturday, April 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)

In an interview published Tuesday morning, recently dismissed Florida State quarterback De’Andre Johnson told "Good Morning America" that the alleged use of a racial slur by a woman at a bar didn’t justify his punching her. 

“It doesn’t matter,” he told ABC’s Michael Strahan when asked about the use of the slur. “What matters is that I shouldn’t have raised my hand to her.”

A video released earlier this month showed Johnson allegedly punching a woman in the face at a bar on June 24. Johnson was shortly thereafter dismissed. His attorney said the woman hurled “racial epithets” at Johnson, which TMZ said included, “Get off me, you  f****** n*****." 

I totally should have walked away,” he said at another point in the interview.  “I am ashamed of that. I’m sorry. I apologize to the lady in the incident, to her family, to my family, to my mother. I know I wasn’t raised that way.”

Johnson’s mother told Strahan that when she found out her son had punched a woman in the face, she cried for days. “I wanted to jump through the phone and ring his neck,” she added.

“What you saw in the video is not who I am,” Johnson said. “I would like to say to her that I am severely sorry. No words can describe this feeling."

A second Florida State football player, running back Dalvin Cook, is also facing charges for punching a woman outside a bar one day before Johnson. Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher has reportedly banned his players from going to bars.

 

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