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Alabama Commit Johnson Arrested Again; Tide Must Cut Ties

Alabama football commitment D.J. Johnson was arrested earlier this week for the second time in the last month.

Johnson was released from jail earlier this week and placed on house arrest as he faces two rape allegations. Johnson’s restrictions allow him to attend classes at Spanish Fort High School but exclude him from after-school football practice, before-school weight-lifting sessions or meeting, and football games, according to the Mobile Press-Register.

Johnson was charged with first-degree rape this week less than a month after he was arrested and charged with second-degree rape and sodomy.

The two cases are separate and unrelated, according to Daphne Police spokesman Lt. Jud Beedy.

Alabama coach Nick Saban needs to end the school’s relationship with Johnson, who’s still listed as an Alabama commitment by Rivals.com. The first arrest earlier this month should have been enough to push Saban in that direction. The most recent charge should leave no doubt.

NCAA rules restrict Saban from commenting publicly on Johnson’s situation, but Saban is permitted to confirm if he’s still recruiting a prospect. Saban should let the public know as soon as possible that Johnson is no longer a potential Alabama football player.

 


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