[Kansas City.com] An Overland Park woman filed a complaint with police this week alleging that Chiefs running back Larry Johnson shoved her and tried to drag her out of a Kansas City bar early Saturday.
Johnson acknowledged he was at the bar at the time but denied that the altercation happened.
The assault allegation comes less than two years after another woman said Johnson slapped her and threatened her with a gun in his Leawood home during his rookie year. In that case, Johnson struck a deal with Johnson County prosecutors in 2004 to avoid domestic violence charges. Part of the deal required him to stay clear of trouble for two years.
Kansas City police issued Johnson a municipal ticket for assault Monday. Johnson refused to sign the ticket. He was given a Sept. 20 court date in Municipal Court.
Johnson could face up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $500, police said.
Police interviewed the 25-year-old victim and photographed her bruises about 10 hours after the alleged incident.
When asked by a reporter Monday about the events, the victim called the police report â€œfaultyâ€ and questioned some of the sequence of events.
According to the police report filed Saturday morning, the incident happened at The Drink, a Country Club Plaza bar, about 12:30 a.m. Saturday. The victim told police that she had an ongoing relationship with Johnson. She said she saw Johnson at the bar with another woman, who was an ex-girlfriend.
The victim told police that Johnson sent a text message to her cell phone, asking her to meet him downstairs, the report said. Once there, the two argued. She accused Johnson of then grabbing her by her right arm and pulling her to an exit, where he told a bouncer that he was a Chief and wanted her removed, the report says.
A bar manager, though, said the woman could stay, and she went upstairs.
While upstairs, the victim told police, she confronted the ex-girlfriend, an act which “enraged” Johnson. In the report, the victim accused him of then shoving her backwards with his hands, knocking her down, and then grabbing her by her right wrist. She soon left the bar but didn’t call police right away. The woman told police she told her sister and some friends and then realized, “making a report was the right thing to do,” according to police reports.
In a phone interview Monday night, the victim did say she was injured and that an altercation happened. Asked about her statement to police in the report – that Johnson pushed, grabbed and pulled her to the door – she said: “No, Larry Johnson did not push and grab and pull me to the door.”
When told of the complaint before receiving his ticket Monday, Johnson said “I don’t know anything about it. I was there. I was there with a friend. What you said was not me. If it was me, I wouldn’t be talking to you right now because it would be a violation of my probation and I would be in jail.”