Shaquille Johnson arrested after fight stemming from dance-off

Shaquille-Johnson-mugshotLongwood University junior basketball player Shaquille Johnson was arrested earlier this month and charged with felony malicious wounding after an incident that took place at a party in Farmville, Va. What type of incident? Just your basic fight after a dance-off competition.

According to the Longwood Rotunda, Farmville Police Chief Doug Mooney said that Johnson punched a Hampden Sydney College student after they battled in some sort of dance-off. You can’t make this stuff up.

Mooney speculates Johnson was angered, or unhappy about the conclusion of the dance off and then allegedly struck Doman in the mouth knocking out several of his teeth. Doman was taken to the hospital shortly after the altercation.

“This is an example of what can happen at a party when you have alcohol involved,” Mooney Said. “The problems we see with Longwood students are almost always when alcohol is around. Alcohol was being used by people there, and it altered their judgment.”

Johnson, who began his collegiate career at Auburn, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana after his freshman season with the Tigers in 2013. He was dismissed from the team before transferring to Northwest Florida State College for his sophomore season and now Longwood for his junior year. The school said it is respecting due process and waiting for more details to be sorted out.

If Johnson takes his basketball as seriously as his dancing, he should be able to do some damage on the court.

H/T College Basketball Talk

Adrian Peterson was investigated for allegedly injuring another son, who ended up with scar on head

Adrian PetersonAdrian Peterson was investigated for allegedly injuring another one of his sons, according to a new report.

KHOU in Houston reported Monday that Peterson was investigated for allegedly beating one of his 4-year-old sons, who ended up with a scar on his head.

According to the report, the 4-year-old son, who was visiting Peterson last June, cursed at one of his brothers, leading Peterson to discipline him.

When questioned by the boy’s mother over text message, Peterson supposedly said the child got the scar from hitting his head on a car seat. When asked if the boy got a “whoopin” in the car, Peterson answered over text, “yep.” Peterson also supposedly blamed the boy for the scar, saying he wouldn’t have gotten it had he sat still.

No charges were filed, but the mother did file a report with Child Protective Services. TMZ reports that the case went nowhere because it was determined the boy accidentally hit his head on a carseat while Peterson was punishing him.

“The allegation of another investigation into Adrian Peterson is simply not true,” Peterson’s attorney Rusty Hardin said in a statement. “The allegation is more than one year old and authorities took no action. An adult witness admittedly insists Adrian did nothing inappropriate with his son.”

Even though Peterson was cleared, there seems to be an alarming pattern concerning his discipline habits.

Peterson’s legal defense and statement makes it seem like the running back did not feel he was doing anything wrong when he disciplined his other 4-year-old son with a switch that left welts and injuries.

If you’re building a case against Peterson, you would cite the injuries of both sons that allegedly came as a result of Peterson disciplining them. Also recall the quotes the other 4-year-old son gave authorities that support the notion that this is usual behavior for All Day.

According to Sports Radio 610 in Houston’s Nick Wright, this is what the other boy told investigators about Peterson:

[The boy] also said that he had been hit by a belt and that “there are a lot of belts in Daddy’s closet.” He added that Peterson put leaves in his mouth when he was being hit with the switch while his pants were down. The child told his mother that Peterson “likes belts and switches” and “has a whooping room.”

If you’re wondering where all these kids are coming from … Peterson has 7 kids by at least five women. Only six are living after one was allegedly beaten to death.

On Monday, Peterson was reinstated by the Minnesota Vikings after being deactivated for Week 2. The new investigation might lead them to change their mind.

Adrian Peterson smiles in mugshot after turning himself in

Adrian Peterson mugshot

Adrian Peterson was all smiles as he took his mugshot after turning himself into Montgomery County, Texas, authorities early Saturday morning.

Peterson turned himself in after an arrest warrant was put out for him because he was indicted on charges of reckless or negligent injury to his child.

Peterson posted his $15,000 bond and left early Saturday.

The star running back was deactivated for Sunday’s game by the Minnesota Vikings after news of his indictment emerged Friday. Peterson reportedly admitted to beating his 4-year-old son with a switch, but said he didn’t did not think there was anything wrong with his form of discipline and that he did not intend to hurt the boy. The 4-year-old boy reportedly told police Peterson hit him in the face and that he was worried about being hit in the face if he told on his father.

A grand jury reviewing all the facts in the matter decided Peterson’s discipline fell beyond what would be considered reasonable.

Jayru Campbell arrested for allegedly choking girlfriend hours after being released from jail

Jayru Campbell

Jayru Campbell, best known for bodyslamming a security guard at school in January, is back in trouble again. And the quarterback prospect couldn’t even wait a day upon being released from jail before allegedly causing more problems.

Campbell, who is a senior at Cass Tech in Detroit and was originally committed to Michigan State, was arrested on Friday hours after being released from jail. Campbell had been serving a 57-day sentence for assaulting the security guard.

According to Fox 2 in Detroit, Campbell is accused of choking a female during a football game at Cass Tech High School.

WXYZ says Campbell grabbed his girlfriend’s cell phone, went through her text messages and then assaulted her. He is currently in custody.

Campbell decommitted to Michigan State in June. In addition to his jail sentence, he was ordered to take anger management classes and serve 15 months probation.

Here’s video of his January assault of the security guard.

Adrian Peterson’s son reportedly said he was hit in face, was worried about telling on dad

Adrian PetersonAdrian Peterson was indicted in Montgomery County, Texas, on charges of injuring a child after disciplining his 4-year-old son with a switch, which is a tree branch.

Peterson was not charged by a first grand jury that investigated the incident, but a second grand jury did indict him.

Sports Radio 610 in Houston’s Nick Wright has provided the full story of what happened and we suggest you read his report.

According to Wright, Peterson told police he got a switch to discipline his 4-year-old son for pushing his 5-year-old son off a motor bike game.

The beating from Peterson allegedly resulted in numerous injuries to the child, “including cuts and bruises to the child’s back, buttocks, ankles, legs and scrotum, along with defensive wounds to the child’s hands.”

Adrian Peterson son abuse

Adrian Peterson son abuse

Police have provided photos of the injuries, which were taken a week after the beating occurred. Peterson texted with the boy’s mother, acknowledging he had struck the boy repeatedly to the point of causing injuries. He also knew the injuries would be visible when the boy visited the doctor for a previously scheduled appointment upon his return home to Minnesota.

Wright adds in this portion about what the child described to authorities.

According to police reports, the child, however, had a slightly different story, telling authorities that “Daddy Peterson hit me on my face.” The child also expressed worry that Peterson would punch him in the face if the child reported the incident to authorities. He also said that he had been hit by a belt and that “there are a lot of belts in Daddy’s closet.” He added that Peterson put leaves in his mouth when he was being hit with the switch while his pants were down. The child told his mother that Peterson “likes belts and switches” and “has a whooping room.”

Peterson apparently cooperated with all investigations and was matter-of-fact about whooping his son. He admitted to doing it and says he does that to discipline his children and that he only uses a switch as a last resort.

“To be honest with you, I feel very confident with my actions because I know my intent,” Peterson reportedly said of his actions.

Here is the statement from Peterson’s lawyer.

“Adrian Peterson has been informed that he was indicted by a grand jury in Montgomery County, Texas for Injury to a Child. The charged conduct involves using a switch to spank his son. This indictment follows Adrian’s full cooperation with authorities who have been looking into this matter. Adrian is a loving father who used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son. He used the same kind of discipline with his child that he experienced as a child growing up in east Texas. Adrian has never hidden from what happened. He has cooperated fully with authorities and voluntarily testified before the grand jury for several hours. Adrian will address the charges with the same respect and responsiveness he has brought to this inquiry from its beginning. It is important to remember that Adrian never intended to harm his son and deeply regrets the unintentional injury.”

The Vikings deactivated Peterson for Sunday’s Week 2 contest against the Patriots. There is a warrant out for his arrest.

Adrian Peterson indicted for allegedly beating his son with a switch

Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson has been indicted for reckless or negligent injury to a child after allegedly beating his son with a switch, according to reports. A switch is a part of a tree branch and is often used to discipline a child.

The Minnesota Vikings running back is the charges in Montgomery County, Tex., which is where the Texas native has an offseason home.

TMZ confirms CPS is investigating claims between Peterson and a 4-year-old boy. They also say the alleged victim is from Minnesota and was visiting Peterson at the running back’s home in Texas. TMZ says the mother noticed injuries on the son when he returned home to Minnesota and took the child to the doctor. The doctor reportedly contacted authorities in Texas to report Peterson.

CBS Minnesota adds the following:

The doctor told investigators that the boy had a number of lacerations on his thighs, along with bruise-like marks on his lower back and buttocks and cuts on his hand.

The police report says the doctor described some of the marks as open wounds and termed it “child abuse.” Another examiner agreed, calling the cuts “extensive.”

Adrian Peterson son abuse

Adrian Peterson son abuse

According to Sports Radio 610’s Nick Wright, Peterson admitted that to “whooping” the child but said it was not an excessive spanking.

[UPDATES - Read Peterson's side of the story and what the son said]

A first grand jury investigated the case over the summer and decided not to charge Peterson, but a second grand jury did.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport says Peterson testified for a grand jury weeks ago. Peterson missed practice on Thursday but participated with his team’s activities on Friday.

The Vikings are deciding Peterson’s status for Sunday’s game and issued the following statement:

“The Vikings are in the process of gathering information regarding the legal situation involving Adrian Peterson. At this time, we will defer further questions to Adrian’s attorney Rusty Hardin.”

Peterson’s 2-year-old son died last year after being beaten to death in a highly-publicized child abuse case. The mother of one of Peterson’s children says the running back has fathered at least seven kids by at least five different women.

Peterson’s attorney Rusty Hardin, who represented Roger Clemens in his case, had no comment for FOX 26 in Houston, which first reported the news.

Texas G Martez Walker suspended for allegedly punching girlfriend multiple times

Martez Walker

Texas sophomore guard Martez Walker was suspended indefinitely by the team Friday after allegations emerged this week that he assaulted his girlfriend.

According to the Austin American-Statesman, Walker’s girlfriend told campus police that she was punched hard four times by the Longhorns basketball player after he became angry with her for going out to a happy hour with another guy.

Their alleged fight took place in a dorm room. The girlfriend said she slapped Walker because she was tired of his treatment, but then she got into the fetal position and protected her face because she knew from his past behavior that he would retaliate by hitting her. He did — four times on her left side — and then dragged her out of the room by her arms.

The girlfriend was taken to the hospital to be treated. Walker turned himself into police and was charged with a misdemeanor assault.

“We are aware of the situation with Martez and he is cooperating with campus police officials,” Texas coach Rick Barnes said in a statement. “We have consistently stressed to all of our student-athletes for a long time that any behavior in which women are not treated with respect will not be tolerated.”

Texas president Bill Powers issued a statement as well.

“Physical abuse and violence will not be tolerated at the University of Texas. We take this allegation extremely seriously. Coach Barnes has suspended the player from the team and the university has begun to take appropriate action to ensure the safety of our students, even as the investigation continues.”

Walker shot 39.4 percent and averaged 4.7 points per game last season.