Former Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson avoided jail time Tuesday after accepting a plea deal in his domestic violence case, according to TMZ.
Johnson, 33, was accused of chocking out his ex-girlfriend following an argument last year in Las Vegas.
While the former NFLer’s no contest plea allowed him to avoid jail time, Johnson received one year of probation, 48 hours of community service, six months counseling and a small fine as a result of the plea.
According to a police report obtained by TMZ, Johnson chocked his girlfriend unconsciousness at the Bellagio hotel last May.
It was the fourth time the embattled running back has been arrested since joining the NFL in 2003.
Johnson, however, denies the incident ever took place, instead claiming the woman he referred to as an acquaintance wouldn’t leave his room before beginning to hit him.
"I know people will try to pass judgment on me from my previous record but I didn't do what I am being charged with,” Johnson told TMZ.
Before falling from grace, Johnson signed a six-year, $45 million deal with the Chiefs in 2007.
Kansas City suspended him in 2009 for inappropriate conduct, leading to Johnson agreeing to terms with the Cincinnati Bengals.
He then had brief stints with the Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins, the final stop of his NFL career.
Johnson earned NFL pro bowl honours in 2005 and 2006.
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