Lawsuit against Tennessee athletic department shows disturbing pattern
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Lawsuit against Tennessee athletic department shows disturbing pattern
Tuesday March 1st, 2016

Tennessee defensive lineman Alexis Johnson pleaded not guilty to assault and false imprisonment in court on Tuesday, The Tennessean reports.

“He entered a plea of not guilty,” Johnson’s attorney Gregory P. Isaacs told reporters. “The reason why is because he is not guilty. Our firm is continuing its investigation. We are looking at a variety of statements given by the alleged victim in a number of different forums. Other than that, we can’t comment.”

Johnson was named in the Title IX lawsuit that was filed against the University of Tennessee. The victim alleges that she was assaulted at Volunteer Hall after declining to have sex with Johnson. He reportedly choked her and busted her lip. The two had previously dated.

Johnson has been suspended from all team activities.

• Tennessee players defend environment of team amid lawsuit

A preliminary hearing for Johnson is set for April 21.

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