Former NFL star Keyshawn Johnson has been cleared following an investigation into an alleged domestic violence incident involving his girlfriend in April.
Law enforcement sources familiar with the situation told TMZ Sports that the Los Angeles County District Attorney will not pursue criminal charges against Johnson, 41, who was arrested last month after an altercation with his girlfriend. Authorities declined to prosecute after they determined that the person who dialed 911 to alert police to the incident had overreacted to the incident.
According to the sources, Johnson noticed that while his girlfriend was having a phone conversation with an acquaintance, she was also looking through his phone and reading his text messages, TMZ Sports reported. The couple argued, and Johnson allegedly wrestled his phone out of his girlfriend’s hand. The woman’s acquaintance heard the argument over Johnson’s girlfriend’s phone and decided to call the police.
When police arrived at the scene, Johnson and his girlfriend were reportedly surprised that authorities had responded to the incident, and neither party wished to press charges. The woman suffered a small cut to her finger, but the injury was not serious, TMZ Sports reports. However, Johnson was still arrested and charged with misdemeanor domestic battery.
Neither Johnson nor his attorney, Shawn Holley, has commented on the case.
Johnson spent 11 years in the NFL as a member of the New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers. He amassed 814 receptions, 10,571 receiving yards and 64 touchdowns during his career. He's worked as an NFL analyst for ESPN since 2011.