TSU quarterback, defensive back charged with felony, suspended indefinitely

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 5:42pm
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Michael German (top) and Joseph Johnson

Two Tennessee State University football players have been suspended from the team indefinitely after allegedly causing thousands of dollars in damage to another student’s car on Feb. 9.

TSU’s starting quarterback, Michael German, 21, and defensive back Joseph Johnson, 20, were accused of jumping and dancing on the roof and hood of a student’s 2011 Ford Fiesta. Those actions caused “in excess of” $3,000 of damage to the vehicle, according to an affidavit.

They have both been charged with felony vandalism between $1,000 and $10,000.

German was booked on the charges Monday, while Johnson was arrested on Feb. 28. The affidavit claims that German “gave a statement regarding his actions that caused the damage.”

German, a redshirt sophomore, is one of the most successful quarterbacks in TSU history. He completed 60 percent of his passes for more than 2,751 yards last season — the fourth most in a single season at TSU. German, however, was benched for a series during TSU’s Sept. 15 game against Austin Peay State University due to a violation of team rules.

Johnson is a redshirt sophomore, who transferred to TSU from Marshall University.

TSU Assistant Vice President of Public Relations and Communications Kelli Sharpe said the two players will be suspended indefinitely, pending the outcome of an investigation.

6 Comments on this post:

By: NewYorker1 on 3/5/13 at 5:05

Really! 20 and 21 years old and you guys are acting like that? There's no excuse for this behavior. I hope they get it together while they are still young and can make better choices for their lives. I would hate to see two more brothers behind bars. So sad.

By: courier37027 on 3/5/13 at 5:46

A few months ago Nashville City Paper reported that TSU would receive extra grant money for student-athletes. And we get this behavior in return?

By: courier37027 on 3/5/13 at 5:47

That would be grant money from the NCAA. Apologies for omitting in original post.

By: govskeptic on 3/6/13 at 7:52

Don't worry, Mr. Germain, as with all locals with Athletic ability and present or future
stardom the system will "take good care" of you.

By: C.A.Jones on 3/6/13 at 9:08

Harlem Shake on a Ford Fiesta? Aint nobody got time for that!

By: Jughead on 3/6/13 at 5:14

They certainly do not look like thugs! Pure as the driven snow.