DT Johnson releases statement, video

Vikings defensive tackle Tom Johnson issued a statement and cell phone video through his agent and could consider legal action against officers he said should be held accountable.

Tom Johnson’s agent, Bardia Ghahremani, released a statement Tuesday and a video after the Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with trespassing.

According to the statement, Johnson was waiting for his vehicle inside the lobby of Seven Steakhouse and Lounge, which had valet parked his car, at approximately 2 a.m. He was asked to leave because he was wearing boots, the same boots he had worn inside the club “minutes earlier,” according to the statement. One of the two off-duty police officers called over to assist used pepper spray on him minutes later.

“As his vision cleared, Mr. Johnson noticed the security guard who helped him (gave him a towel and water to wipe his eyes) and knocked on the door of the establishment, signaling the gentleman to open it,” according to the statement. “Once the security guard did, Mr. Johnson gave him some money and thanked him for his assistance.”

The cell phone video released by Johnson’s agent appears to show in part what was released in the statement as the officer asked for Johnson’s identification.

“The off-duty officer then approached Mr. Johnson and slapped Mr. Johnson’s hand and arm, knocking his cell phone to the ground and shattering the screen. This can be seen on Mr. Johnson’s videotape of the incident,” the statement read.

“As Mr. Johnson reached for his phone on the ground, the off-duty officer used a taser on Mr. Johnson between the shoulder blades. According to the police report, the taser was used multiple times. A mark can be seen in the photo.”

Johnson was arrested for misdemeanor counts of trespassing and disorderly conduct. He posted $78 bond and was released Monday morning.

Johnson was at practice on Tuesday, and he and head coach Mike Zimmer both said they believe he will play Sunday against the Detroit Lions.

“I just feel like people that’s in the authorities should be accountable, you know?” Johnson said on Tuesday. “If they do something negligent, they should be accountable just like anybody else.”

“Everything’s going to be cleared up.”

Johnson’s agent said the defensive tackle was not under the influence of alcohol.

Below is the cell phone video released by Johnson’s agent.

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