Football

Accuser Says Johnson and Williams 'Were Like Animals,' in Her First Public Testimony

The woman at the center of rape allegations against two former University of Tennessee football players did not mince words in her testimony, telling jurors on Wednesday that A.J. Johnson and Michael Williams “were like animals” during the incident, The Knoxville News-Sentinel reports. The accuser maintains that she did not initially object when Johnson engaged in sex with her but refused when Williams joined in. The pair of ex-Vols contend the encounter was consensual.

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Jury Selection Underway in the Trial of Former UT Football Player A.J. Johnson

Jury selection for the rape trial of University of Tennessee Football player A.J. Johnson is underway, with jurors being asked about controversial topics such as threesomes, interracial relationships, elitist athletes and the ‘Me Too’ movement, The Knoxville News-Sentinel reports. Johnson and former teammate Michael Williams are accused of raping a female UT athlete during a football victory party at Johnson’s South Knoxville apartment in November 2014. The profile of the case — involving a popular athlete and no eye-witnesses — has sparked concerns of a fair trial, with most of the potential jurors knowing Johnson’s name and the basics of the allegations against him.

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