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TMZ: LJ Carl Johnson under investigation for alleged domestic violence

NFL line judge Carl Johnson is accused of domestic violence in Louisiana. Law enforcement is investigating the alleged incident.



TMZ Sports reports that NFL line judge and former vice president of officiating, Carl Johnson, is under investigation for alleged domestic violence in his home state of Louisiana.

Johnson denies the accusations and has not been charged.

The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office is conducting the investigation into an alleged assault of his live-in girlfriend in December 2016.

Johnson joined the NFL as a line judge in 2001. He became vice president of officiating in 2010, replacing Mike Pereira. Johnson returned to the field for the 2013 season as a full-time official when Dean Blandino succeeded Johnson. He since returned to a part-time position, and was not one of the full-time officials announced last month.

On the field, Johnson has had a successful career, including calling Super Bowl XLII.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said, “The matter is under review of the league’s personal conduct policy.” This policy applies equally to players, coaches, officials, and team and league employees. We have contacted the officials union for comment, and, in deference to officiating department rules, we have not contacted Johnson.

Johnson is scheduled to officiate this week’s Dolphins-Jets game on Terry McAulay’s crew.

Updated to include a statement from the NFL.

Mark Schultz is a high school football official, freelance writer and journalist. He first became interested in officiating when he was six years old, was watching a NFL game with his father and asked the fateful question, "Dad, what are those guys in the striped shirts doing?"