Keelan Johnson charged with assault on police officer

Eagles safety Keelan Johnson is facing charges after an altercation with a police officer outside a bar in Tempe.

TEMPE, Ariz. — Philadelphia Eagles safety Keelan Johnson, a former player at Arizona State, is facing charges after authorities say he pushed a police officer investigating a bar brawl.

Officials said Johnson, a first-year safety, was arrested early Saturday following a confrontation with officers outside a bar in Tempe. He has been charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

A probable cause statement says Johnson "violently pushed" an officer in the chest, causing him to strike his head against a tree. Police say Johnson appeared drunk and refused officers’ orders.

Eagles spokesman Derak Boyko said the team is disappointed in Johnson’s arrest but is still trying to gather the facts.