Tennessee defensive tackle Alexis Johnson was arrested Wednesday night on charges of aggravated assault and false imprisonment after allegedly strangling another individual.
Dustin Dopirak of the Knoxville News Sentinel reported the news. Wes Rucker of GoVols247 noted Johnson was on a 12-hour hold. Tennessee spokesperson Ryan Robinson told Dopirak that Johnson has been suspended from all football-related activities.
Nick Carboni of WBIR reported court records show that Johnson and the alleged victim used to be in a relationship and that the victim told police Johnson tried to "isolate" her in his bedroom before beginning to play fight. Carboni added the victim told police it escalated from there, with Johnson putting his hand around her throat, and the alleged victim "felt she would pass out."
A witness to the incident said it looked like Johnson was "really punching" the victim and "busted" her lip, per Carboni. At that point, the alleged victim tried to fight back, while Johnson "allegedly tried to touch/kiss her" and blocked the door to his room, per Carboni.
At that point, Johnson is alleged to have said: "You think I won't f--k you up," per Carboni.
A JUCO transfer from Fort Scott Community College in Kansas, Johnson enrolled in Tennessee in January after signing an early letter of intent. The rising junior was the No. 21 JUCO prospect and second-ranked player at his position among transfers, per 247Sports' composite rankings.
News of Johnson's arrest comes in the same week former Volunteers offensive lineman Mackenzie Crowder was charged on multiple counts after allegedly having an online sexual encounter with an investigator posing as a 14-year-old girl.