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Tulsa's Damaris Johnson charged with embezzlement

Posted on: September 1, 2011 10:25 am
Edited on: September 1, 2011 10:47 am
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Tulsa's Damaris Johnson was poised to become one of 2011's best stories. But it now appears he'll become one of its most cautionary tales.

Tulsa law enforcement issued a warrant for Johnson's arrest Wednesday, according to the Tulsa World. He will be charged with felony embezzlement following an incident in which Johnson's girlfriend Chamon Jones, a department store cashier, allegedly sold Johnson more than $2,600 worth of clothing for a fraction of its true cost.

Jones was arrested August 26 and Johnson suspended indefinitely by the Golden Hurricane shortly thereafter. As of early Wednesday evening, Johnson had not yet been arrested.

Already in the NCAA record books as the NCAA's all-time leader in both all-purpose yardage and kick return yardage, Johnson was set to put both marks virtually out of reach during his senior season. By padding both numbers and leading Tulsa into a Conference USA title chase, Johnson likely would have become the nationwide star his eye-popping numbers suggest he ought to have been already.

But now the Golden Hurricane have an unfillable hole in their lineup and Johnson has much bigger problems than anything having to do with football. Though he remains innocent until proven guilty, Wednesday's events make it entirely possible that Johnson's stunning career will end just as stunningly after only three years.


Comments

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: September 3, 2011 1:18 am
 

Tulsa's Damaris Johnson charged with embezzlement

A small player stipen would put a end most of this BS. Wake up NCAA. Aren't you making enough to throw these kids a bone?




Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: September 2, 2011 7:06 pm
 

Tulsa's Damaris Johnson charged with embezzlement

I think it was Peter Warrick and Laveranues Coles.



Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: September 2, 2011 11:18 am
 

Tulsa's Damaris Johnson charged with embezzlement

Isn't there a precedent here with FSU and Peter Warrick sometime ago.  I believe that event in Tallahasse was the reason for renaming the FSU acronym Free Shoes University.  I recall restitution was made and Warrick only receiving a wrist slap and short suspension.




Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: September 1, 2011 3:43 pm
 

Tulsa's Damaris Johnson charged with embezzlement

The NCAA does need to get some teeth into their issues.  However, this is not an NCAA issue.  Is the girlfriend a booster who provided these benefits because Johnson played for Tulsa?  No.  Could his girlfriend purchase him those items and give him those items if she wanted to?  Yes.  This isn't an NCAA issue.  His potential arrest and conviction is a University of Tulsa issue, but even then it isn't an NCAA issue.



Since: Aug 24, 2011
Posted on: September 1, 2011 1:51 pm
 

Tulsa's Damaris Johnson charged with embezzlement

A stranger would not have given him the discount.  This was organized and planned by the two of them, would not be surprised if others are involved too.  He knew he did something wrong.



Since: Jul 15, 2011
Posted on: September 1, 2011 1:44 pm
 

Tulsa's Damaris Johnson charged with embezzlement

Looks like a conspiracy between Johnson and his girlfriend, and now the (ex)girlfriend is trading info for a lighter sentence.  I'm sure that he planned on paying it all back after he signed his NFL contract, and was just borrowing the items for a few months.  The NCAA needs to get some teeth, or stories like these will continue on, and on, ...



Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: September 1, 2011 1:04 pm
 

Tulsa's Damaris Johnson charged with embezzlement

I would say the fact that it was his girlfriend who gave him the discount is the reason he is lumped into it.  If it was just a stranger giving the discount it probably wouldn't matter.



Since: Jun 8, 2011
Posted on: September 1, 2011 12:40 pm
 

Tulsa's Damaris Johnson charged with embezzlement

Not sure I understand why this is embezzelment by Johnson, unless there is a lot more to this story.  It is certainly preferential treatment, but if someone offered me a huge discount on clothing, I am sure I would jump on the opportunity.  Sounds like his girlfriend is the one guilty of the actual crime.  I guess you can make a case for possession of stolen property.



Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: September 1, 2011 11:52 am
 

Tulsa's Damaris Johnson charged with embezzlement

He didn't throw away a chance at millions. He just improved his stock in the NFL where you need to be a felon to play and be recognized.
Really? I only know of a few felons, Vick, Lewis, Plax and Pacman. What others do you have?



Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: September 1, 2011 11:03 am
 

Tulsa's Damaris Johnson charged with embezzlement

What a shame to see a kid who was set to make millions throw it away for 2500 bucks
He didn't throw away a chance at millions. He just improved his stock in the NFL where you need to be a felon to play and be recognized.


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