Tennessee JUCO transfer defensive tackle Alexis Johnson was arrested Wednesday night and has been suspended from the team, according to the Knox News Sentinel.

Johnson was arrested on charges of aggravated assault and false imprisonment, according to arrest warrants.

Here’s the report from the paper:

The victim, who previously dated Johnson on two occasions, told police she was “play fighting” with him in the living room and the bedroom of his apartment sometime between 3-5 a.m. Sunday when the horseplay turned violent, according to arrest warrants. The episode escalated when the 6-foot-4, 295-pound Johnson placed his hand around the victim’s throat, repeatedly choking her to the point that she could not fight back and felt she was going to pass out, warrants state. A witness said Johnson “appeared to be really punching her,” and that the victim’s lip was “busted,” according to the warrants.

“The defendant attempted to repetitively touch and kiss her and she repeatedly stated that she did not want to have sex with him,” the warrants state. “(The) victim attempted to leave the bedroom and said the defendant blocked the door prohibiting her exit. While doing so, the defendant stated, ‘You think I won’t (expletive) you up?’ “

Johnson was rated as a four-star prospect and the No. 2 JUCO defensive tackle in the country and the No. 21 overall JUCO player in the country, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.

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