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Penn State Tight End Theo Johnson Charged With Assault

Penn State football tight end Theo Johnson faces charges in connection with an alleged incident at a fraternity on February 11 that left a man hospitalized with a concussion.

Johnson, 22, was charged with one misdemeanor count each of simple assault and criminal mischief. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 24.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Johnson was asked to leave an event being held at 400 E. Prospect Ave., where the Sigma Chi Fraternity is located. The affidavit says Johnson was not wearing a wristband required for admittance to the event, which led to the request to leave.

“Johnson refused to leave, then punched [the victim] in the face,” the criminal complaint read.

The victim was transported to Mount Nittany Medical Center, where he was later diagnosed with a concussion.

As a result of the scuffle, the victim’s sunglasses were also broken, according to police, who reviewed surveillance footage of the event. The victim reported the sunglasses were valued at over $565.

“We are aware of the charges against Theo Johnson,” a Penn State Athletics spokesperson wrote. “These alleged actions do not reflect the values and standards of our program and will be addressed. We will not comment any further as this is an ongoing legal matter.”

Johnson is expected to be a strong candidate for Penn State’s vacant starting role at tight end after the departure of former starter Brenton Strange. Johnson did not participate in the 2023 Blue-White Game earlier this month.

During the 2022 season, Johnson appeared in 11 games, starting nine of them. Johnson finished the year with 328 yards and four touchdowns on 20 receptions.

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