Southern's Johnson suspended after arrest

Boys basketball

January 12, 2001|By Lem Satterfield

Southern point guard Keyon Johnson, an All-City/County second-team pick last season, has been suspended indefinitely from the team by coach Meredith Smith after his drug arrest last week.

Johnson, 18, was arrested on Friday and charged with three counts of possession with the intent to distribute - one for marijuana and two counts for narcotics - and released Saturday on $20,000 bail, police said.

Johnson, who played a critical role for the No. 1-ranked Bulldogs, missed Friday's victory over city rival Douglass.

His trial date is set for Feb. 2.

"He's been a real asset to the team, and he'll be in our prayers. We'll try to help him in any way possible," Smith said. "But the charges are very serious. Right now, basketball is not important. I know he'll have his day in court. We had no choice but to suspend him indefinitely from the team."

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