Originally written on Bush League Chronicle  |  Last updated 1/16/13

Former NFL and University of Florida quarterback Doug Johnson could face a felony battery charge after he allegedly took part in brutally beating a man so badly that the victim blacked out.The victim, 28-year old Joe Cappelletti, said the incident occurred following the Florida-LSU football game on Oct. 6. A Gainesville police officer said a sworn complaint was filed by Cappelletti against Johnson and two others in November.Johnson and the two other accusers claim they were just acting in self-defense.A decision has not yet been made by the State Attorney's Office as to whether or not formal charges will be filed.More on the incident from the The Gainesville Sun:Cappelletti told The Sun after the incident that he was walking down West University Avenue near St. Augustine Church around 9:30 p.m. when two women and three men in a rickshaw pulled up. They started yelling at Cappelletti’s group, and one pushed Jamie Davis, Cappelletti’s girlfriend. Cappelletti grabbed one of the men and they tussled and exchanged some words before everyone dispersed. His group crossed the street, Cappelletti said, and the same three men jumped out of the bushes and attacked them. “The thing that really got me is that they were all Gator fans,” he said. “They just looked like normal people who came to town to enjoy the game.” Cappelletti said they grabbed him and punched and kicked him repeatedly in the face.Cappelletti sustained a broken nose and several facial fractures because of the beating. His friend also suffered a cut to his eye and massive swelling on the left side of his face.Johnson's group continues to maintain that they were the victims instead through an email by attorney Michael Finesilver. “Based upon my investigation, which includes the interview of several independent witnesses, it is clear that my clients are the actual victims in this case."Johnson played in the NFL from 2000-2004. He spent four seasons in Atlanta and one in Tennessee. He also spent time with Jacksonville, Cleveland, and Cincinnati, but only as a preseason or practice squad member only.

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