The Norman Transcript

September 14, 2013

Former Cowboy disputes SI report

By Ben Johnson
The Norman Transcript

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.”

Johnson said he was led to believe that Evans wanted to catch up with him and see how his career was panning out after his days at Oklahoma State.

“I don’t know how he got my number, but somehow he got it from someone in Stillwater,” Johnson said. “He called me out of nowhere and acted like he was going to do a story over me. He was like, ‘I want to catch up with you and see how everything is going.’”

A Northeastern State official confirmed that Evans circumvented the system and set up an interview without getting permission from the university.

Ben Johnson is sports editor for Tahlequah Daily Press