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Originally published Monday, September 17, 2012 at 8:04 PM

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Former O'Dea star, Huskies player Johri Fogerson charged with third-degree assault

Johri Fogerson, a 22-year-old former Husky who is playing for Central Washington this year, is charged with third-degree assault for allegedly breaking the jaw of a 15-year-old O'Dea High School sophomore who used a racial slur while singing along with a rap song.

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Central Washington University football player Johri Fogerson was charged with third-degree assault for allegedly breaking the jaw of a 15-year-old high school student over offensive language used in a weight room.

According to court documents filed in King County Superior Court last week, Fogerson, the victim and others were at the O'Dea High School weight room working out July 19 when the Waka Flocka Flame song, "Hard In Da Paint," came on.

The song uses the n-word 26 times and the 15-year-old was singing along when Fogerson asked the teen to stop, then punched him in the face, court documents allege.

The victim suffered a broken jaw and had to have it wired shut, police and prosecutors say.

It's the second time in two years that Fogerson has faced criminal charges.

Fogerson played at O'Dea, where he was named The Seattle Times state player of the year after the 2007 season and played at Washington before transferring to Central. He was arrested last year for eluding police and possessing marijuana.

According to court documents filed in Snohomish County, Fogerson was stopped in March 2011, by a State Patrol trooper who had pulled him over for driving with a headlight out, but tried to arrest him after seeing a baggie of marijuana in the car. Fogerson fled but turned himself in several hours later, court documents show.

In May, he pleaded guilty to resisting arrest, paid a $150 fine and was sentenced to 90 days in jail. The jail term was suspended on condition that he have no new criminal violations. It was not immediately clear whether the new charges in King County would affect the deferred sentence in Snohomish.

Witnesses told police in the most recent incident that Fogerson punched the boy after the teen asked why he couldn't use the racial slur.

Fogerson and the teen squared off after the first punch, and then Fogerson is alleged to have picked the teen up and thrown him to the ground, later saying, "You know what I hate, I hate skinheads."

The victim reported that he asked Fogerson if he appeared to be a skinhead just because he "looked white."

The boy's mother called police on July 24, one day after Fogerson is alleged to have called the boy to apologize and ask the teen to refrain from involving the police and the courts. Fogerson is alleged in court documents to have offered to pay for the boy's surgery and told him, "I have insurance and lots of money."

Fogerson was one of the top recruits signed as UW's Class of 2008 but struggled with injuries. He graduated from UW last year and transferred to Central, where he is playing as a fifth-year senior this year.

Saturday, he ran for a career-high 123 yards, including the tying and winning touchdowns as Central beat Western Oregon 21-14 in overtime.

Fogerson remains out of custody but is expected to appear in King County Superior Court on Sept. 26 for his arraignment.

Christine Clarridge: 206-464-8983 or Information from The Seattle Times archives is included in this report.

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