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Ex NFL star turned broadcaster, Keyshawn Johnson, charged with spousal battery

Former NFL star wide receiver and current sports analyst for ESPN, Keyshawn Johnson, 41, was arrested on the morning of April 21 in his Calabasas, Calif. home and charged with misdemeanor spousal battery. The alleged battery involved his ex-girlfriend in an incident reported to have Johnson being accused of smashing a telephone which in turn caused injury to the hand of his ex.

The former wide receiver allegedly smashed a telephone, cutting the hand of his ex-girlfriend
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CBS News in Los Angeles reported that deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call from Johnson’s home around 12:48 a.m. this morning regarding a “possible spousal assault call.” A spokesperson for the sheriff’s office, Sgt. Carmen Arballo, said that after deputies arrived on the scene and determined that Johnson was indeed involved in a domestic dispute, that the former wide receiver was arrested on site.

Johnson was booked into the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station immediately following his arrest. He was released by 9:15 a.m. after posting a $20,000 bond.

The first pick in the 1996 Draft, Johnson went on to play in the NFL for 11 seasons with the New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers. He retired from active play after the 2006 season.

Johnson’s bio on ESPN states that on the same day he announced his retirement from the NFL, the former wide receiver joined ESPN as a sports analyst. Johnson went on to share his expertise on ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown” and “Monday Night Countdown and Audibles.” Johnson is also active in broadcasting for ESPN during the NFL Draft season and coverage for the Super Bowl.

Thus far, there hasn't been any scuttlebutt concerning just how Johnson’s arrest could affect his position with ESPN. Both the NFL and ESPN generally opt for a “wait and see” attitude until legal matters are resolved.

If he were to be found guilty of misdemeanor spousal battery though – it wouldn't bode well for his future as an ESPN sports broadcaster. For more on Johnson’s arrest, see the video accompanying this article.

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