Report: Keelan Johnson Arrested

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Eagles safety Keelan Johnson was arrested early Friday morning for his involvement in a bar fight in Tempe, Arizona, and charged with assaulting a police officer, passively resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. according to Arizona TV station KTAR.

“We are disappointed to learn of the arrest of Keelan Johnson this past weekend in Arizona,” said the Eagles through a statement. “We are still trying to learn all of the facts that led to his arrest. At this point, it’s a pending legal matter and therefore, we will have no further comment.”

KTAR provided the following details of the alleged incident:

Court documents said Keelan Johnson was standing in front of Zuma Grill just after 2 a.m. after an acquaintance was involved in a bar fight. Johnson was allegedly shouting over officers, who were detaining the acquaintance.

Johnson was told to step back multiple times and was given a "directional contact" to the chest. Johnson then allegedly shoved an officer. A brief scuffle followed, in which Johnson refused to lower his arms for arrest.

Johnson waived his Miranda rights and informed police he shoved the officer because he felt the officer didn't have a right to order him around and physically attempt to move him.

Johnson was signed to the Eagles practice squad prior to the start of last season and promoted to the active roster in December.

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  • Tanner Cleffi

    Truthfully, it doesnt seem like the officer had any reason to touch Keelan in the first place, as he wasnt trying to remove his friend from the cop’s possession. “Directional Contact” can mean a lot of things.

    Sadly for Keelan, he probably wasnt making the team regardless, but now I wouldnt want a person with personal issues (and staying out at bars until 2am and later a week before training camp). Release him, and get another camp body (Kicker) asap

    • John E. Zang

      Yeah sounds like the goons got a power trip and went with force as soon as he didn’t cooperate. I think some of these cops have a lot to learn in how to deal with people. You can understand how anyone especially a black person would feel offended when some cop is putting there hands all over you because they have the “power” to. Its natural to get defensive when you’re personal space is being violated by some guy with a badge. Whatever I wasn’t there, I’m not privy to all the detail but the law will punish this kid for nonsense just to flex their muscles.

    • Philly0312

      Nothing from that article indicates why it was okay for the police officer to make physical contact with a citizen. Let’s not forget the bs the cops tried to pull on AP last year.

      • southy

        Let’s not read too much into something we have no information about. If it happened as stated, and KJ was getting close enough to be seen to be interfering with the arrest, and would not respond to multiple verbal requests to step away, I think the officer has a right to push him back.

        If we find out later that the “directional contact” involved a stun gun or a punch to the kidney, then sure, crucify the guy.

  • Adam

    Keelan, we hardly knew ye

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  • cliff h-MOAR white goons

    made Reynolds’ next 6 weeks alot easier. never knew there was a passively resisting arrest charge. can see that being an ‘out west’ west thing. not sure passively would ever fly with Philly cops.

    • John E. Zang

      Yeah no one knows right now but Arizona is a rough police state and he’s black. I’m not saying he wasn’t being stupid about the situation but sometimes those goons get a little power trip going and Keelan may have just pushed back. I don’t know but I can see it going down like that. Maybe race wasn’t a part but I don’t think this dude was just blasting police officers in the chest like they make it seem.

      • reb

        Rough police state? Odd statement. Ever lived here?

        • John E. Zang

          I was exaggerating but it’s no secret their politics favor straight white males of a certain socioeconomic status for the most part. Generally speaking I’d rather get in trouble somewhere else if I were of a minority.

        • PaoliBulldog

          I hear Joe Arpaio is a creampuff.

          • Johnny Domino

            Well, he does like pink underwear.

      • Amar, CB who bought in

        Not more than Georgia.

  • MagatBrackendale

    Passively resisting arrest sounds like Alabama in 1963. Like being arrested for registering to vote. Otherwise, what an idiot. In a bar at 2:00 a.m.? Not trying very hard to make the team. Why can’t these college-educated (?) doofuses figure things out? Work. Play in the NFL for 5 years. Collect 7$ million or so, THEN go and pee it all away getting drunk in bars if you’re still convinced that is what A MAN does.

    • anon

      What do you expect. Most of these dudes didn’t grow up in upper class situations, you give a 22 year old with not much home training a ton of $$ and time bound to be issues.

      On the whole this wasn’t terrible, to my eye, but KJ wasn’t that good anyway so i’m fine if they Djax them.

  • PaoliBulldog

    “Directional contact?” The cop touched KJ on the northwestern part of his chest?

    • Johnny Domino

      He’s lucky he didn’t take a baton south of the border.

  • Eagles1018…Please no more du

    Well the safety spot is a whole lot clearer now…

  • DirtyWaters

    Good thing that cop wasn’t Patrick Chung, he would have been taken out.

  • JosephR2225

    On the bright side… this is still improvement. Patrick Chung would have missed the cop completely and knocked his buddy out cold.

    • Michael


      then he wouldn’t have made the next bar fight with a sore shoulder.

  • 370HSSV 0773H

    Another week, another arrest of an NFL player. Ho hum. He’ll eventually end up on the Cowboys.

  • Amar, CB who bought in

    Whats the law against cops who put their hands first on people ?

    • Clamdigger

      Police are required and allowed to secure the scene when interviewing involved parties. I’m not above criticizing the cops when it’s warranted, but it sounds like they acted properly.

      He was drunk, they verbally warned him. They then physically attempted to move him back and when he continued to interfere, they arrested him. I’m sure he believed his buddy was the victim and wanted the cops to know it, but they have to do their job and screaming at them while you’re drunk doesn’t really help smooth things out.

  • Clamdigger

    Passively resisting is where the cop keeps yelling “Stop resisting!” even though you’re unconscious.

  • myeaglescantwin

    i mean, if a cop comes up and pushes you around, are we forced to let it go??
    how’d that work out the other day?? u know, when i cop in a oddly similar situation applied a rear naked choke and murdered a man in the streets during broad day light.

    2am. in a drunk fight doesn’t look too good though.