Michigan State football cuts ties with recruit accused of extorting girl

Michigan State football cuts ties with recruit accused of extorting girl


Michigan State football has cut ties with a recruit accused of trying to extort an underage girl who refused his advances, school officials said in a statement on Friday.

The team said it had informed 18-year-old cornerback Steffan Johnson that he “will not be a member of the Spartan program.”

Before Michigan State cut ties with Steffan Johnson, he had originally planned to go to the team’s spring game.

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Johnson, who signed with the squad in December, was recently arrested in Florida for allegedly threatening to release video of a past sexual encounter with a minor after she refused to kiss him outside of her home, the Detroit Free Press has reported.

The video was allegedly recorded when the victim was 15 and Johnson was 17, according to a police report obtained by the newspaper.

Steffan Johnson allegedly recorded the video when the victim was 15 years old.Al Goldis/AP

Johnson is accused of threatening to post the footage on

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