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Grizzlies forward James Johnson arrested for domestic assault; out on bond

Grizzlies forward James Johnson was arrested for domestic assault after he allegedly hit and choked his wife early Saturday morning. Grizzlies forward James Johnson was arrested for domestic assault after he allegedly hit and choked his wife early Saturday morning.
A WMC Action News 5 viewer sent us a photo of Johnson taken at Club 152 as he was leaving. A WMC Action News 5 viewer sent us a photo of Johnson taken at Club 152 as he was leaving.
(WMC) - Grizzlies forward James Johnson was arrested early Saturday morning for domestic assault. The accusation? Hitting and choking his wife.

Before the incident the Grizzlies had yet to resign him for another year, and fans say this incident will not help.

Well known and well liked in Grizz nation, Johnson is infamous for his moves on the court and his neck tattoo of his son's name.

That same tattoo was seen mug shot early Saturday morning after Johnson was booked into 201 Poplar on domestic assault charges.

"At the end of the day he's a basketball player and you can't act that way. So he doesn't get special treatment," said Grizz fan Colin Stovalo.

Charges that surprised fans, who say his alleged behavior is unacceptable.

"It's shocking that anyone would do that, whether they are a basketball player or whether they are your next door neighbor so it doesn't really matter who they are, everyone should be held accountable if they do something wrong," added Stovalo.

According to a police affidavit, Johnson got into a fight with his wife after he left Beale street.

When he arrived home, police say Johnson hit his wife in the face with an open hand and choked her while the two were in the bathroom. He allegedly punched a hole in the door while trying to grab their son.

Johnson's mother-in-law grabbed the child, but Johnson then pushed her, grabbed the baby and ran off.

He later returned while police were on scene and was arrested.

"You think you know players from what they act like on the court but you can be surprised by anybody," noted Stovalo.

Experts say this type of behavior happens more often then people realize.

"That's not the way you act in a relationship, that you respect the other person and you don't always get along but you try to work things out," said Elizabeth Shelly with the YWCA.

And no matter how much fans like Johnson and his performance on the court, they say domestic violence is unacceptable.

"Domestic violence, that's not something that you can play around with," said Stovalo.

Saturday afternoon the Grizzlies released a statement saying they are currently investigating information regarding this morning's report, and have no further comment.

Johnson is out of jail on a $1,000 bond and due in court on Monday.

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