This booking image made available by the Miami-Dade Department of Corrections shows former NFL running back Larry Johnson under arrest in Miami, Tuesday Oct. 7, 2014. Johnson was arrested on aggravated battery charges after an altercation at a South Beach nightclub. (AP Photo/Miami-Dade Department of Corrections)
Former NFL player Larry Johnson was arrested Oct. 7 in Miami Beach on an aggravated assault charge, according to TMZ.
According to the gossip website, Johnson became agitated when another customer at a hotel bar continually removed drinks from his table.
Johnson allegedly punched the victim, club promoter Drew Johnson, in the face, before breaking a bottle and using the bottle as a weapon, cutting the other man, according to TMZ.
While Drew Johnson lay on the floor, the former NFL running back then allegedly got on top of him and began punching his face repeatedly.
Drew Johnson called his assailant “a violent thug who scarred him for life.” He was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
“The charge for which I was arrested is false. The stories that have been reported in the media about the events leading to my arrest fail to accurately portray what really happened,” Larry Johnson said, according to CBS Sports. “At the end of the day, when the truth comes out, the allegations that have been made against me will be shown to be completely untrue and confirm that I have committed no crime whatsoever.”
Johnson was released on a $7,500 bail.
The former NFLer is no stranger to legal issues; in 2003 he faced felony charges for waving a gun at his then-girlfriend, and faced additional charges in 2005 and 2008 for allegedly assaulting a series of women. In 2012, he was convicted in a domestic violence involving his assault of an ex-girlfriend at a Las Vegas casino.
Johnson has not played on an NFL team since 2011, when he appeared in a single game for the Miami Dolphins.