Temple football player to face assault trial

Posted: October 25, 2012

KAMAL JOHNSON, the Temple University defensive tackle charged with assaulting his girlfriend in September, will have to go on trial, a Philadelphia judge ruled Tuesday.

Johnson, 20, is charged with unlawful restraint, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person. A kidnapping charge was dropped following a preliminary hearing.

Johnson's girlfriend, a 21-year-old Temple student, told police that Johnson came to her apartment, on 15th Street near Oxford, shortly before midnight Sept. 27, after they had argued on the phone.

Johnson forced his way inside and demanded to see her phone, police said. When she refused, he allegedly grabbed her, forced her into the hallway and dragged her down to his sixth-floor apartment.

While there, Johnson, who is 6 feet 4, 295 pounds, accused her of cheating on him, punched her in the back and threw her to the floor, where she hit her head, police said.

Johnson, who is out on bail, started in Temple's first two games this season against Villanova and Maryland. He is off the team pending the outcome of the case.


Contact Mensah M. Dean at deanm@phillynews.com or 215-568-8278. Follow him on Twitter @MensahDean.

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