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September 14, 2013

Former Cowboy disputes SI report

NORMAN — Victor Johnson isn’t afraid to admit his backstory. The one-time Oklahoma State Cowboy was arrested on a complaint of obstructing an OSU police officer, and he was also charged with possession of marijuana.

It’s accessible to anyone, just look it up, Johnson says.

“I was my own [worst enemy],” Johnson said. “It’s everywhere, anyone can look it up. How could I say I blame (Oklahoma State)?”

Johnson didn’t point fingers. He accepted his undoing in Stillwater before eventually landing on his feet at Northeastern State University.

“I violated one of their rules — one of their team rules — so I had to leave,” said Johnson, a Waco, Texas, native who had 27 tackles in nine games for the Cowboys in 2009. “That was the end of it.”

In a story released by Sports Illustrated on Thursday, Johnson — who missed playing time because of a knee injury — was used as an example to expose the inconsistencies in Oklahoma State’s drug policy. In the report, Johnson was quoted as saying, “If I didn’t get hurt, I probably could have p—ssed dirty again and they would have been like, ‘just don’t do it.’ But when I got hurt it was a whole different [story]. They were just going to find a way to get me off the team.”

When told of the quote in the widely-known national sports publication, Johnson told the Tahlequah Daily Press, “I never said that. I told them, ‘I p—ssed dirty. That’s why I left.’”

After reading the first two articles — the first about players being paid for their performances, the second about academic fraud — Johnson attacked the credibility of the pieces.

“It’s a bogus series,” Johnson said in an exclusive interview with the Daily Press on Thursday. “I’m ready to get to the bottom of all of this stuff. I feel like (writer Thayer Evans) is trying to get rich off this article.”

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