Via Courier Journal
Johnny Patrick was in Jefferson District Court Thursday facing a misdemeanor charge of assault on allegations that he argued with a woman and then threw her to the ground late last month.
Patrick was arrested June 27 in the 500 block of Bermuda Lane after he and a woman got into an argument, struggled over a telephone and he threw her down, according to a Louisville Metro Police citation.
Patrick pleaded not guilty on June 28. He was released on his own recognizance and ordered to stay away from the complaining witness. He has another court hearing on July 13. Patrick, a 6-foot, 186-pound senior cornerback, has started every game the past two seasons for the Cardinals. He’s viewed as the leader of an inexperienced secondary. The Deland, Fla., native had two interceptions and five pass breakups last season.
Attorney Grant Helman, who is representing Patrick, said Patrick and his girlfriend began struggling over his cell phone when she wanted to see his text messages and that she slipped and fell, hitting a table. Helman said Patrick called police and, because the girlfriend had visible injuries, Patrick was arrested.
It sounds like charges will soon be dropped, but this is never anything you want to hear. It doesn’t look like it was domestic violence, just an argument that went a little too far. I imagine the next couple months will be rough for Johnny. When Strong took over the football program, he emphasized five principles for players including “treat women with respect.” The guidelines are written on a large placard that hangs in the team meeting room in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Patrick is also due back in court July 12 on a charge of operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license. He was charged on March 27. This is the first time Coach Strong has been in this situation here at Louisville, so it will be interesting to see how he handles it. I really don’t know what to expect.<