McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

Sports

September 16, 2013

Ex-player backs off comments criticizing OSU

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Victor Johnson left the Oklahoma State University football team under on bad terms. He played just nine games im 2009 before being sidelined by a knee injury and then getting dropped from the team after failing a drug test.

Even so, Johnson is among those who now defends the Big 12 program as it comes under scrutiny for a range of allegations including players getting paid for on-field performance, academic fraud and drug use.

Johnson, now a senior at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, said he was misquoted in the five-part Sports Illustrated series describing the revival of OSU's football program from 2001 to 2011. He calls the report "bogus."

"I violated one of their rules - one of their team rules - so I had to leave," he said of his departure. "That was the end of it."

Launched Tuesday, Sports Illustrated has detailed illicit cash payments to OSU players, academic dishonesty including players receiving passing grades for classes they didn't attend and weak enforcement of drug policies. Friday's installment describes sexual encounters between would-be players and some members of a hostess group, "Orange Pride," meant to show recruits and their families around campus.

The report comes after a 10-month investigation that included interviews with 64 former OSU players - including Johnson. As the NCAA and OSU review the allegations, some of those players mentioned in the series - including Johnson - are publicly backing away from their comments or saying they were misquoted.

The series quotes Johnson as saying he probably could have stayed on the team - even after failing drug tests - had he not been injured. In an interview with the Tahlequah Daily Press, he denied saying that.

Johnson said he isn't afraid to admit his arrest on a complaint of obstructing an OSU police officer and a charge of marijuana possession. He said he told the Sports Illustrated reporter he failed a drug test, and, "That's why I left."

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
Poll

Do you agree with the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision?

Yes
No
     View Results
AP Video
Renewed Violence Taking Toll on Gaza Residents 2 Americans Detained in North Korea Seek Help US Employers Add 209K Jobs, Rate 6.2 Pct House GOP Optimistic About New Border Bill Gaza Truce Unravels; Israel, Hamas Trade Blame Raw: Tunisia Closes Borders With Libya Four Rescued From Crashed Plane Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction
NDN Video
Under Armour Launches Biggest Women's Campaign with Inspiring Ad NYPD chokehold death of Eric Garner was homicide: medical examiner Christina Aguilera Pulls a Demi Moore! Man with no arms throws first pitch Chapter Two: Composing for a film in retirement Is Justin Bieber Dating a Model? Guardians of the Galaxy (Trailer) 'Sharknado 2:' Hottest Memes Surfing The Net Snoop Dogg Narrating Animal Footage Is Perfect Raw: Obama Gets Hug From Special Olympian Recapping a Blockbuster MLB Trade Deadline Tigers Acquire David Price - @TheBuzzeronFOX Russell Brand Slams Sean Hannity Over Gaza Conflict Segment Woman's Dive Goes Terribly Wrong Brian Williams Reports on Daughter Allison Williams' 'Peter Pan' Casting News Did Jimmy Fallon Look Up Heidi Klum's Dress? What Drama? Miranda Kerr Poses Topless Plane crashes in San Diego Costco parking lot Justin Bieber Takes To Instagram To Diss Orlando Bloom You Won't Believe the Celeb Cameos in "Sharknado 2"
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.