Alexis Johnson’s lawyer said his client is willing to fight the serious charges levied against the Tennessee defensive lineman on Wednesday.
Johnson, who enrolled at Tennessee in January from Fort Scott (Kansas) Junior College, was charged with aggravated assault and false imprisonment following an incident on Sunday. Johnson has been suspended from all team activities following his arrest.
“Alexis Johnson has cooperated with every aspect of the investigation,” Johnson’s attorney Greg Isaacs said in a statement published by Knoxville News Sentinel reporter Dustin Dopirak. “Alexis adamantly denies the allegation contained in the warrants and plans to enter a plea of not guilty. Our firm is conducting its own independent and more expansive investigation regarding these allegations. Alexis looks forward to having this matter resolved as expeditiously as possible.”
Johnson allegedly choked his one-time girlfriend as “play fighting” escalated. The 6-foot-4, 295-pound defensive tackle signed with Tennessee over claimed scholarship offers from Arizona, Alabama and North Carolina State.
Correction: A previous version of this article used a photo of a player who is not Alexis Johnson. SEC Country deeply regrets this error.