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One day after Florida State dismissed freshman quarterback De'Andre Johnson following the release of a video showing Johnson punching a woman, Buffalo Bills rookie cornerback Ronald Darby questioned why the woman didn't face consequences for her role in the incident.
"What I want to know is whats happening to the girl that clearly hit De'andre first? It's never right to hit a girl at all," the former Seminole said in the first of a series of tweets Tuesday.
"But they have to get some kind of consequence as well . Yall can't keep letting females provoke guys in all ways then walk free. Like ?" Darby tweeted two minutes later. The tweets were later deleted.
Less than an hour after his second tweet, Darby tweeted, "People saying its a bad tweet for saying something should be done both ways ? I'm confused . If that was tall kid or loved one then what"
Neither the Bills nor Darby's agent returned calls for comment Tuesday.
The Florida state attorney's office on Monday released video of Johnson punching the woman, a 21-year-old Florida State student, at a Tallahassee bar on June 24. The video was captured by security cameras inside the establishment. Johnson, who enrolled at FSU in January after graduating early from high school, initially was suspended from the team when the incident came to light.
The video shows Johnson trying to push past the woman, who was waiting to order at the bar. The woman turned toward Johnson, who grabbed her right arm after she raised it in a fist. The woman raised her knee and swung at Johnson with her left arm, and then he punched her in the face.
According to the Tallahassee Police Department incident report, the woman suffered bruising near her left eye, swelling of the left cheek and upper lip, and a small cut near the bridge of her nose.
Johnson was charged with misdemeanor battery. He surrendered to police on June 30 and was released on $500 bond. His first court appearance is scheduled in Leon County Court on July 22
The Bills' second-round pick in May, Darby attended the NFL's annual rookie symposium last month, where the league gives its incoming players training in social media usage, domestic violence awareness and other topics.
Darby was named as a witness in the investigation of a rape allegedly committed by former Florida State quarterback and 2015 No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston in 2012. Darby wrote in an affidavit that he witnessed Winston and Winston's accuser, Erica Kinsman, having sex but considered it consensual and eventually left.
However, a civil lawsuit filed against Winston by Kinsman in April alleged that Darby walked into the room and said, "Dude, she is telling you to stop," but then left after Winston allegedly carried Kinsman into another room. Darby refused to testify against Winston in a Florida State University student conduct code hearing last year and wasn't disciplined by the school.
Darby was one of three Florida State players -- along with running back Karlos Williams and tight end Nick O'Leary -- that the Bills drafted in May. Williams, a fifth-round pick, was investigated last year by Tallahassee police for an alleged domestic assault against his pregnant ex-girlfriend, who had posted photos of her bruises on Facebook. The woman later asked police not to press charges and the investigation eventually was dropped.
Florida State president John Thrasher, in a statement released Tuesday, said he fully supported the actions coach Jimbo Fisher took to suspend and then dismiss Johnson from the program.
"While it is always important to adhere to due process, having now seen the physical altercation captured on video, there is no question in my mind that Coach Fisher made the correct decisions," Thrasher said. "I expect all students at Florida State University, including student-athletes, to adhere to the highest level of conduct. I have no tolerance for the kind of behavior exhibited in this case. Florida State University was forged from an outstanding college for women and has a long tradition of being a caring community that demands students be treated with dignity and respect."
ESPN.com senior writer Mark Schlabach contributed to this report.