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Former Penn State Star Larry Johnson Arrested For Aggravated Battery

Former Penn State running back Larry Johnson was arrested and charged with aggravated battery at 3 a.m. Tuesday morning in Miami after a fight at a nightclub, according to NBC Miami.

According to report details, officers were called to a club at the Delano Hotel in Miami Beach with reports of a man bleeding from both the neck and arm areas. When officers arrived on the scene, they found that 29-year old victim Drew Johnson was cut on both his hand and arm.

Drew Johnson, a club promoter, reported that earlier that night he and the former running back had bumped into each other. This then prompted Larry Johnson to punch Drew in the face, knocking him to the ground, according to the report. Larry then grabbed a bottle off a table and broke it, swinging the jagged glass at him. Drew was struck multiple times while on the ground, according to the victim’s claim.

Larry Johnson told responding officers that Drew had stolen drinks from his table, which prompted a confrontation between the two men. Larry claimed that he turned his back and was shoved onto a table. According to the report, Larry also suffered cuts on both his hand and foot. Larry was being held on a $7,500 bond.

The two men were separated by club security guards after the altercation broke out, according to the report.

In addition to being one of Penn State’s greatest running backs, Larry was selected in the first round of the 2003 NFL draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. After spending seven seasons with the Chiefs, Johnson also played for the Cincinnati Bengals, Washington Redskins, and Miami Dolphins. He last played in 2011. Johnson is the son of former defensive line coach Larry Johnson Sr., who now holds the same position at Ohio State.

This isn’t Johnson’s first run-in with the law. He was arrested two years ago in Las Vegas after a domestic violence incident to which he pled guilty and served probation. In total, he has been arrested six times, several of which came while he was in the NFL.

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David Abruzzese

David is a senior from Rochester, NY, nestled right in beautiful Western New York. He is majoring in Broadcast Journalism, and as an avid sports fan, he passionately supports the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. He is the first Penn Stater from his family, and couldn’t be prouder to represent Penn State University. In his free time, he likes to alpine ski, and play golf. You can follow him on Twitter @abruz11, and can contact him via email at [email protected]


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