TU's Damaris Johnson arrested, attorney says he suspects 'we will solve it sooner than later'
BY ERIC BAILEY World Sports Writer
Thursday, September 01, 2011
9/01/11 at 2:58 PM
The attorney for Damaris Johnson says the University of Tulsa wide receiver and his girlfriend Chamon Jones have had a difficult week.
“What’s interesting with these two kids is their concern for one another,” said Danny Williams, who is legal counsel for both. “Chamon is upset because of the situation that Damaris is in. Damaris is upset because of what Chamon is going through. The interesting dynamic is to see them be the strength for each other. What I’ve tried to do is make this process as painless as possible.
“They are two young kids that find themselves in the public eye for something they aren’t proud of and are trying to get through it.”
Johnson surrendered to police on Thursday morning, less than 24 hours after he was charged with felony embezzlement.
Johnson was booked into the Tulsa Jail at 11:04 a.m. and released about an hour later after agreeing to conditions of pretrial release, a spokesperson with the Tulsa County District Attorney's Office said. Johnson has no criminal history and qualified for pretrial release.
He is accused, with Jones, of stealing $2,610.67 worth of clothing and other items between Aug. 20 and Aug. 25 from Macy's department story at the Promenade Mall.
Jones is currently free on $2,000 bond and awaits a Sept. 15 court appearance.
Johnson’s court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 12.
Williams said his office continues to go through the facts and information of the prosecutor’s case. He said he is working with the District Attorney’s office and conferring with his clients on how to proceed.
“Obviously we have an idea of what they are alleging, but we are gathering evidence and seeking the best resolution for this matter,” Williams said. “I suspect we will solve it sooner than later.”
Johnson is indefinitely suspended from all team activities. Williams added the coaching staff has been very caring for the player during this time.
The attorney said Johnson isn’t focused on his football future.
“He’s trying to get this resolved, stay in school and graduate,” Williams said. “He’s not leaving school and running. He wants to take care of this and do what he can do to get back on the field.”
Tulsa wide receiver Damaris Johnson was arrested and booked into the Tulsa Jail on Thursday morning. Tulsa Jail booking photo