Ex-NFL player Larry Johnson arrested in Vegas
LAS VEGAS (AP) – Former NFL running back Larry Johnson was arrested early Friday at a posh Las Vegas Strip resort on a felony domestic violence-strangulation charge involving a woman who told police she was his ex-girlfriend.
Larry Alphonso Johnson Jr., 32, was being held on $15,000 bail at Clark County jail pending an initial court appearance on the charge that could carry a penalty of at least two years in state prison if he is convicted.
Police said Johnson could be released from jail 12 hours after his arrest about 4:30 a.m. at the Bellagio resort.
A 32-year-old woman from Maryland alleged that Johnson choked her during an argument in his room until she became unconscious, and she awoke in her underwear in the hallway, a police report states.
It was not clear if she was hospitalized or received medical treatment.
Yvette Monet, a spokeswoman for Bellagio resort owner MGM Resorts International, cited guest privacy policies and declined comment.
It wasn’t immediately clear if Johnson had a lawyer.
Johnson, who lives in North Bay Village, Fla., starred for the Kansas City Chiefs after being drafted from Penn State in the first round of the 2003 NFL draft.
He was chosen All-Pro and Chiefs MVP in 2005 and 2006, and signed a contract in 2007 that guaranteed a team-record $19 million. But he was plagued by injuries and inconsistency in the years that followed.
Johnson played for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2009 and the Washington Redskins in 2010 before playing briefly for the Miami Dolphins in 2011.
Johnson served what amounted to a one-game suspension in 2009 for using an anti-gay slur, and had several scrapes with the law over the years.
He was sentenced in March 2009 to two years of probation with a chance to have his record cleared for good behavior after pleading guilty to reduced disturbing the peace charges in separate incidents involving two women at two Kansas City nightclubs.
One case involved a 26-year-old woman who accused Johnson of pushing her head at a nightspot in February 2008.
The other involved allegations by a 24-year-old woman that Johnson spat a drink at her and threatened to kill her boyfriend in October 2008.
In 2003, Johnson was charged with aggravated assault and misdemeanor battery after being accused of brandishing a gun during an argument with a former girlfriend. The charges were dropped after he completed a domestic violence diversion program.