DALLAS — One Oklahoma football player is being allowed to keep his scholarship, while another is giving up his. Incoming freshman Justin Chaisson has joined the team despite at one point facing felony criminal charges earlier in the year, while sophomore running back Justin Johnson is expected to transfer to another school, Sooner coach Bob Stoops confirmed to The Oklahoman during Thursday’s OU Caravan in Dallas.
Stoops said Chaisson, a 4-star defensive end out of Las Vegas Bishop Gorman High School, is currently on the team and on campus, but wouldn’t elaborate beyond that. In the spring, Chaisson was arrested on felony assault charges after his ex-girlfriend accused him of putting a screwdriver to her neck and threatening to kill her. Chaisson was initially charged with committing coercion, coercion with a deadly weapon, assault with a deadly weapon and false imprisonment, all felonies. Last month, those felony charges were reduced to gross misdemeanors — two counts of false imprisonment, one count of malicious destruction of private property and one count of conspiracy to commit coercion and/or false imprisonment — all of which Chaisson pled guilty to as part of a plea agreement in Clark County (Nev.) Court. A judge sentenced Chaisson to three years probation and 120 hours of community service. Chaisson will have to attend long-term domestic-violence counseling and complete an additional 48 hours of community service for also pleading guilty to a pair of misdemeanors. Chaisson was added to OU’s official online roster Thursday and will wear No. 95. OU spokesman Kenny Mossman issued this statement on Stoops’ behalf later Thursday night about Chaisson: "We have thoroughly reviewed the facts and disposition of any and all allegations against Justin as determined by the independent assessment of the district attorney’s office and the court system.