Longwood's Shaq Johnson charged over altercation at party
Longwood basketball player Shaq Johnson faces a felony charge of malicious wounding over an altercation at a party in the early morning of Aug. 31, according to a report from the school's student-run newspaper, The Rotunda.
A police official speculated that Johnson struck another student after he became angry with how a dance-off concluded.
“This is an example of what can happen at a party when you have alcohol involved,” the official said. “The problems we see with Longwood students are almost always when alcohol is around. Alcohol was being used by people there, and it altered their judgment.”
Johnson was dismissed from Auburn's basketball team in July 2013 after being charged with marijuana possession. He then transferred to junior college Northwest Florida State before his move to Longwood earlier this year.
From The Rotunda's report:
The Rotunda reached out to Longwood Athletics for comment on the matter, “Shaquille is in school now and going about his business as a Longwood student and student-athlete as he should,” said Assistant VP for Athletics Communications, Chris Cook. “With respect to due process and the privacy that should be given to both parties, we will await further details on the matter before commenting any further. He is still a member of the basketball team and he has our full support.”
- Chris Johnson