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February 23, 2008

Tide's Johnson arrested

Alabama defensive back Rashad Johnson was arrested for disorderly conduct early Saturday morning, marking the sixth scholarship player to be arrested in the last year.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban has yet to release a statement on the incident.

According to police reports, Johnson, an All-Southeastern Conference defensive back, pushed a security guard from the Legacy Bar on University Blvd. to the ground before being taken into custody. According to police, Johnson was attempting to intervene as security escorted another patron out of the bar. He was released on a bond of $500 from Tuscaloosa Metro Jail.

Johnson led Alabama with 94 tackles as a junior, with six interceptions from his safety position. A team captain, he enters his senior season as one of the top defensive backs in the conference. Johnson was the only person arrested in the incident.

The Legacy was also the venue when a trio of Alabama players - defensive end Brandon Deaderick, running back Roy Upchurch and linebacker Brandon Fanney - were arrested last summer.

Johnson's arrest comes less than a week after Alabama freshman Jeremy Elder was charged with first-degree robbery and subsequently suspended indefinitely from the team.




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