University of Florida basketball star Keyontae Johnson has been charged with sexual assault, Alachua County court records show.
Johnson, 22, has not been formally charged or charged with a crime, but court records show a sworn affidavit was filed against him on March 23.
The accusation was first reported by Fresh Take Florida Friday night. The senior star has been under investigation for weeks after the incident which allegedly took place in an off-campus apartment on February 26, according to the outlet.
Johnson hasn’t played for the Gators since collapsing on the court Dec. 12, 2020, against Florida State, but he’s remained heavily involved with the team since the health crisis.
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Sex battery in Florida is punishable by up to 30 years in prison
Sexual battery, under Florida law, is a first degree felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
His attorney, Ron Kozlowski, told The Sun on Saturday that the prosecution was unfortunate given that his client had already been through so much in recent years and now had another hurdle to overcome. He said Johnson handled everything with grace.
“Once the state’s attorney conducts a thorough investigation and all the facts are known, I’m confident they will find that Keyontae Johnson did nothing wrong,” Kozlowski said.
Johnson is a native of Norfolk, Va., and was named 2020-21 SEC Preseason Player of the Year. He was a potential NBA draft pick before his collapse and is still trying to get medical clearance and resume his basketball career.
The UF forward took out an insurance policy worth $5 million which took effect in July 2020 – just months before his collapse, the Associated Press reported last year. If Johnson is allowed to return to the next level, he may perceive politics, if he ultimately doesn’t make it into the NBA.
He made a ceremonial start, wearing his UF jersey, in his last Gainesville appearance on Senior Day on March 5 at Exactech Arena. Florida fans have had nothing but love for Johnson since his collapse. Even before Senior Day, fans were calling him for an honorary departure.