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BREAKING: Pitt’s Dior Johnson Returns to Practice, Expected to Redshirt This Season

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Pitt basketball player Dior Johnson returned to practice.

Pitt basketball freshman guard Dior Johnson returned to practice this week and is expected to redshirt the 2022-23 season, sources told Pittsburgh Sports Now.

Johnson has been indefinitely suspended since his arrest in early October. On Dec. 9, Johnson pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges: one of strangulation, and one of Simple Assault, stemming from that arrest.

Two Charges Held Against Pitt Guard Dior Johnson in Preliminary Hearing

On Oct. 7, Johnson was suspended by the program shortly after he was arrested on Domestic Violence charges. Johnson was initially charged with one felony count of aggravated assault, one felony count of strangulation, one misdemeanor count of unlawful restraint, one misdemeanor count of simple assault, and one misdemeanor count of false imprisonment for an alleged incident that occurred on Sept. 5 and 6. 

Johnson is a 6-foot-3 guard out of Saugerties, New York. The freshman was Jeff Capel’s highest-ranked recruit while at Pitt, and has yet to see the floor for the 9-4 Panthers.

Pitt’s backcourt combination of Nelly Cummings (11.2 points, 4.8 assists per game) and Jamarius Burton (14.4 points, 4.5 assists per game) has led the team to a strong start this year.

Pitt basketball head coach Jeff Capel is scheduled to address the media this afternoon.

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Burton Tee
Burton Tee
1 month ago

Capel’s character.

SMH

Last edited 1 month ago by Burton Tee
Rob Radich
Rob Radich
1 month ago

Pos.

Eric payne
Eric payne
1 month ago
Reply to  Rob Radich

Dog whisle? . So are you

Rob Radich
Rob Radich
1 month ago
Reply to  Eric payne

Really? Keep defending criminals fanboy. Judging from your substandard grammar, I think it’s safe to say that you never graduated from Pitt. I did- and I’m disgusted that my alma mater allows this to happen. And any time you want to compare CV’s as to who does more for the community I’m game. Simpleton Jagoff

Last edited 1 month ago by Rob Radich
Eric payne
Eric payne
1 month ago
Reply to  Rob Radich

You don’t know me. If the criminal system and the University can give him a second chance, than who are you. You act like an education makes you judge and jury, so you style to dog whistles to attack a teenager. You are still a pos. And I don’t care who that you think you are.

Rob Radich
Rob Radich
1 month ago
Reply to  Eric payne

Likewise. You’re engaging me. I’ll post here anytime I like. All you can do is attack me personally. And regarding “judge and jury” he pled guilty, And the “dog whistle” comment is bs, You sad little waste, using deflection to defend the indefensible. “Than”. Moron.

Last edited 1 month ago by Rob Radich
Tim
Tim
1 month ago
Reply to  Rob Radich

I think you’re overreacting. Respectfully speaking. The young man made a horrible mistake. Choking a woman? I have 2 daughters. That behavior is not tolerated by me in any way. That being said nobody in this chat knows much if anything about his resolution with the court, the university or the team. Personally, I’m all for giving someone a second chance if the guidelines are strict and revocable. Walk a fine line, or off to jail. I’m hoping the kid does well. Becomes a successful person in life. Let’s watch and see. H2P!

Rob Radich
Rob Radich
1 month ago
Reply to  Tim

This “student athlete” attended 10 high schools reneged on two commitments and wasn’t on campus for two weeks before committing an act of domestic violence. Your support clearly indicates that you “tolerate” this. Not the kind of individual that should be representing my University

Robert E Landel
Robert E Landel
1 month ago
Reply to  Rob Radich

Rob Radich, what was your purpose to personally attack a fellow blogger? Would you say what you wrote face to face?

Rob Radich
Rob Radich
1 month ago

Who attacked who? Read the thread. I stated my opinion. The “fellow blogger” responded with a perjorative comment. I responded. And regarding the “say it to the face comment” worry about yourself.

Last edited 1 month ago by Rob Radich
Jane
Jane
1 month ago

This young man is anything but a student athlete… needs to show a new life and grow up!

Eric payne
Eric payne
1 month ago
Reply to  Jane

You don’t know him. Show me a student athlete. He absolutely learned something from this experience, and unlike you, he WILL grow up.

Rob Radich
Rob Radich
1 month ago
Reply to  Eric payne

You know this how? Clown

Eric payne
Eric payne
1 month ago
Reply to  Rob Radich

A clown looks and sounds a lot up like you.

Rob Radich
Rob Radich
1 month ago
Reply to  Eric payne

Haha. Yeah. “Inocinse”. Moron

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
1 month ago

back at practice and gets to redshirt…sounds like the duzz approach to violent offenders.

SouthSide412
1 month ago

I hope he absolutely DOMINATES off the court from here on out and on the court next year so everybody can STFU!

Nobody here makes mistakes huh? Nothing yall regret eh? How old is this young man, 19-20?

A year straight in the gym / weight / film room?!?!?! He should come back better than ever! Waiting a year might help this guy in the long run because the team is playing good ball as is!

H2P!

Rob Radich
Rob Radich
1 month ago
Reply to  SouthSide412

Nah I won’t STFU. But you should.

Eric payne
Eric payne
1 month ago
Reply to  Rob Radich

More MAGA dogwhistles. Great to hide under your rock.

Rob Radich
Rob Radich
1 month ago
Reply to  Eric payne

Not MAGA jagoff. Keep deflecting. I’ve actually held office as a Democrat. All you can do is cry “dog whistle “ and “MAGA” to defend a pos who has no business being on campus.

Burton Tee
Burton Tee
1 month ago
Reply to  SouthSide412

Yeah, we all make mistakes, but domestic violence isn’t one of them.

“How old is this young man, 19-20?” Old enough to be tried as an adult.

He’s never going to amount to anything.

This isn’t a DUI or simple theft.

Last edited 1 month ago by Burton Tee
On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
1 month ago
Reply to  SouthSide412

You can make mistakes and “dominate” off the court (whatever that entails). However, it’s a privilege to play NCAA sports and I would move on from this kid and offer someone that will make the University proud. Same with Dayon Hayes.

Tim
Tim
1 month ago
Reply to  SouthSide412

Thank you for a voice of reason and positivity.

Joe Schmo
Joe Schmo
1 month ago

People need to stfu and support Pitt and this young man. He has made some poor choices but everyone deserves a second chance. Hopefully he takes advantage of his. H2P

Burton Tee
Burton Tee
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe Schmo

So you are OK with violence against women?

Just checking.

Not sure how Lyke and Capel can continue to defend players that steal vehicles, punch cops, and strangle women.

These are not minor crimes.

There should be no place for violence on our campus.

H2P.

Michael
Michael
1 month ago
Reply to  Burton Tee

I remember when Ben Howland came in, he kicked a few of our best players off the team. One for an incident with a police officer. I fully support giving people the opportunity to grow and learn from their mistakes, but some crimes are beyond the line of people I want representing my school. I don’t know the person Dior Johnson. I will trust Capel on this. If Capel thinks this is a young man who can be helped, then I am for letting him return. But- and this is a big but- if Capel gives him a second chance… Read more »

Dave
Dave
1 month ago
Reply to  Michael

FYI, Chris Seabrooks was given a 2nd chance by Howland bc he was supposed to be a solid player. He got kicked off the team for a 2nd offense and some people want this kid gone now. They’re entitled to their views but if this kid was guilty of a felony, I sense he would have been gone. It’s because it was misdemeanors that he’s still around IMO

Joe Schmo
Joe Schmo
1 month ago
Reply to  Burton Tee

No and H2P

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe Schmo

why should people stfu about this violence? It should be screamed from the rooftops so all young women know to stay away from this person.

Joe Schmo
Joe Schmo
1 month ago

2 sides to every story. We all don’t know the whole story surrounding everything that happened. Everyone deserves 2nd chances was all I was saying. So stfu 😳😂

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
1 month ago

A question for Capel…if this was the last player on the bench or not your highest ranked recruit ever would he still be given these opportunities?

John Anderson
John Anderson
1 month ago

Better question – if this were a freshman student, not a highly ranked athlete playing a major sport, would he still be at Pitt or would he have been dismissed?

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
1 month ago
Reply to  John Anderson

He’d be in jail

kmp30
kmp30
1 month ago

I am not defending him… but you’re wrong. He’d be free on two misdemeanors and probably on campus taking classes and going to parties. The school would have no idea a random student was even arrested.

Dave
Dave
1 month ago

Usually people aren’t thrown in jail right away for misdemeanors. I’m not sure if it’s this kids first run in with the law but if so I think most go on probation

Mtgj
Mtgj
1 month ago

Everyone deserves an opinion. I’m not sure why we have to fight and make things political. That is pathetic to say the least. I appreciate all the opinions that I have read and agree with all of them in some ways. This is a very difficult situation. We know so little facts and more importantly we do not know anything about the accuser. My best friend played basketball at pitt and was accused of an offense from a woman. It later came out that she was drunk and completely over exaggerating everything. He was never charged with a crime. Without… Read more »

Illinois Pitt Fan
Illinois Pitt Fan
1 month ago
Reply to  Mtgj

Well said. Well said.
Lot of the kids on this site are pretty inflexible and conditioned on everything being great or everything is awful.

Because one feels he should get a second chance (I have children) does not mean one condones violence.

Kids and adults frequently make mistakes. If ur mad about the judicial system…take it up at the ballot box..

Kudos to Capel and admin for putting the onus on Dior to change. Dior…its up to you to find your “true north”. You can do this. Good luck

Burton Tee
Burton Tee
1 month ago
Reply to  Mtgj

We know the facts. It’s public record.

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