Saturday, December 27, 2014

Temple's Kamal Johnson sidelined after arrest

Temple University said Monday that defensive tackle Kamal Johnson will not be permitted to practice or compete with his teammates until kidnapping and assault charges filed against him are resolved.

Temple's Kamal Johnson sidelined after arrest

Temple University said Monday that defensive tackle Kamal Johnson will not be permitted to practice or compete with his teammates until kidnapping and assault charges filed against him are resolved.

The Inquirer reported on Sunday that the junior allegedly held his girlfriend captive for three hours after dragging her down the steps of her apartment building and punching her last her month,  according to police.

“Considering all of the circumstances, we deem it in the best interests of everyone involved that Mr. Johnson should not practice or compete with the football team until this situation is resolved,” Ray Betzner, Temple assistant vice president for university communications, said in a statement. “ In doing so, we emphasize that we are not making a determination about his guilt or innocence. That is for the justice system.  His status as a student and his scholarship status have not changed."

Monday’s press release also stated that Temple will continue to monitor the situation.

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“When the charges are resolved or if circumstances otherwise change, the university will consider the matter further,” Betzner said.

Johnson turned himself in to Philadelphia Police Central Detectives Thursday night. He didn’t play in the Owls’ 37-28 victory over South Florida on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field.

The 6-foot-4, 295-pounder started Temple’s first two games this season against Villanova and Maryland and saw action against Penn State on Sept. 22.

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Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering the Temple basketball and football for the previous three years. Pompey also previously covered the Penn and Drexel men’s basketball team and Villanova football team after initially focusing on high school sports.

Pompey is a native Philadelphian and a University of Pittsburgh graduate. Follow him on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers or reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com. Reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com.

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