Former NFL running back Larry Johnson was arrested Friday morning on suspicion of domestic battery after he allegedly choked an ex-girlfriend at a Las Vegas casino.
Johnson, who spent most of his nine NFL seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, was detained by security of the Bellagio Hotel and Casino after a verbal confrontation escalated. The alleged victim sustained “multiple facial injuries and bruising on her neck,” according to a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department news release.
“Based on the victim’s injuries and other evidence, Johnson was arrested,” the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said.
Johnson was being held Friday afternoon for the mandatory 12-hour period for such crimes. He will then be able to post the $15,000 bail.
A hearing has been scheduled for Saturday morning.
Johnson, 32, had multiple arrests during his football career, which ended after just one game with the Miami Dolphins last season. He most recently pleaded guilty in 2009 to two counts of disturbing the peace for incidents in a Kansas City nightclub, which included shoving a woman and spitting drink on another. He was sentenced to two years probation and was ordered to undergo anger management counseling.
Johnson, who rushed for 2,087 yards in his final year at Penn State in 2002, was drafted in the first round (27th overall) by the Chiefs. He had two seasons where he rushed for more than 1,000 yards in the NFL (1,750 yards in 2005 and 1,789 in 2006), exploits that led to a contract extension after a brief holdout before the 2007 season that included $19 million guaranteed.
Johnson, however, never came near those career years and eventually had brief stints with Cincinnati, Washington and, finally, Miami.