Eagles safety Keelan Johnson had a rough weekend, as he was arrested for allegedly assaulting a police officer. The second-year player was outside of a club in Tempe, Arizona near Arizona State University last Thursday night, when he got into the altercation with an officer. Police claim that they were questioning bar patrons after a fight when Johnson started yelling at them and eventually pushed an officer after a physical warning.
Johnson recently had his first appearance in Arizona court. He asked a judge to delay his next court date so that he could take part in Eagles training camp, which starts on Friday. That is obviously a standard procedure for athletes, but for some reason it led to an odd exchange between Johnson and the judge.
Johnson made it clear that he needed to report for training camp, but was apparently unaware that his alleged crime of assaulting a local officer had to be handled in Arizona. Listen to his plea for a delayed court date below:
The second part of the exchange between Johnson and the judge was also a bit peculiar as the judge believed that training camp meant that he was going to "boot camp." Perhaps the best part of the video is Johnson admitting that he was "not in the military."
Johnson's next court date is set for Aug. 1, which is exactly one week before the Eagles first preseason game against the Bears. Unfortunately, Johnson was arrested at the worst time possible as there is a slow news cycle heading into training camp. Also, he is battling for the final safety spot against Davon Morgan, Daytawian Lowe and fifth round draft pick Ed Reynolds. Johnson has played in only two games and is still practice squad eligible.