Date Rape Prompts Restraining Order For UF OL?

Recall the story from earlier yesterday and today about Florida lineman Carl Johnson, who was just cited for violating a restraining order. Creepy behavior, yes, but the details behind the order itself hadn’t come out, so it was fair to assume that absent any further revelations, Johnson was just a bit of a clingy creep, as many young men his age are. According to the ORLANDO SENTINEL, however, the petitioner of the restraining order told authorities that it was after a pattern of truly disturbing behavior, not the least of which was multiple instances of date rape.

Carl Johnson Florida Gators accused of date rape
(In retrospect, the “gun” hand gestures are a little unsettling.)

The arrest Monday of Gators offensive lineman Carl Johnson stemmed from a petition from a former girlfriend who claimed Johnson “date-raped” her on three occasions from September to November of 2008.

Now, in the interest of objectivity, it’s worth noting two things: 1) charges have not been and never were filed against Johnson, so at this point calling him a “date rapist” is beyond the pale, even with “alleged” attached to the start. And 2) police reports like these are notoriously one-sided; Johnson deserves his opportunity to tell his side of the story. That said, Johnson’s career is completely toast if most of this stuff is true, because the way it sounds, the petitioner’s almost lucky just to be alive:

In the relationship, Johnson would claim to be “play fighting” when “he would shake me, bite me and hit me,” the petition states.

Johnson claimed that a goal in life was to “shoot and kill someone,” the petition states. When the petitioner told Johnson’s family of the physical behavior and Johnson found out, the petition states, he informed her of his plans to “go upstairs and get his gun.” When she told him he could go to jail, he said “I don’t care…at least it would be for something good,” the petition states.

Now, look, Johnson was probably overstating his anger and intentions for dramatic effect, especially since there’s no mention of his ever having threatened her with a gun in hand. That said, if he did make those statements, then mission accomplished, amigo. Furthermore, though we mentioned before that the petitioner had yet to formally accuse Johnson of the date rape mentioned above, there may have been another reason to avoid going to the authorities, namely, fear:

“I’m afraid of Carl and what he might do,” the petitioner says. “His actions are so unpredictable and what he has said to me about wanting to kill people and the fact that he threatened me is scary. Throughout our relationship, he also made it very clear that he is not afraid to put his hands on a woman. His physical size is not only intimidating, as he is 6-7 and 350 lbs., but his status on the football team at UF is too. He has access to people who could physically harm me.”

This isn’t merely idle speculation on the petitioner’s part; one of the uglier details of the sexual assault case that has plagued the Iowa football team was the repeated and consistent harassment of the alleged victim by other members of the football team until the alleged victim withdrew from school.

In any case, this type of situation has just launched itself from mere Fulmer Cup fodder to a proving ground for Florida coach Urban Meyer on how he treats a suspected sexual predator on his team. We’re pretty sure a mere indefinite suspension isn’t the answer.