Ex-ASU, NFL player accused of shoving Tempe police officer pleads guilty

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Keelan Johnson By Mike Gertzman Keelan Johnson By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX – A former Philadelphia Eagles safety accused of shoving a Tempe police officer has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault.

Keelan Johnson entered his plea Friday morning. Sentencing is set for Feb. 25.

Police said Johnson pushed an officer who was investigating a brawl at Zuma Grill on Mill Avenue last July.

Police said Johnson was instructed to back away from the scene where officers were investigating a fight between a bouncer and an acquaintance of Johnson.

Investigators said Johnson followed the command but eventually approached the scene again. A probable cause statement said Johnson "violently pushed" an officer in the chest, causing him to strike his head against a tree.

Court records said Johnson told police that he pushed the officer because the officer pushed him and he didn't feel it was right to be told to move.

He was released by the Eagles last August. Johnson played college football at Arizona State University.

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