Former Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson pleaded no contest to domestic violence charges on Tuesday. He has been sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to pay a $345 fine, perform 48 hours of community service, have no contact with the victim or her family, and attend six months of mandatory counseling.
Johnson was arrested in October on charges of beating and strangling his ex-girlfriend in Las Vegas. The victim, Melissa Emerson, told police she was having drinks with Johnson and her girlfriends in a hotel room. According to a police report, he then "became enraged and began to beat her and throw her around the room." Emerson attempted to fight back when Johnson squeezed her neck, causing her to black out.
Johnson has had a history of legal troubles and anger management issues. He has been arrested multiple times since 2003 and was benched for three games by coach Herm Edwards in 2008 for violating team rules. In 2009, Johnson was suspended by the Chiefs and later released for clashing with new coach Todd Haley and using gay slurs on Twitter.