Twitter Explodes as Defendant in Kendrick Johnson Case Commits to FSU Football Program

Brian Bell
Posted at 6:14 PM, Jan 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-16 13:27:43-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- A new recruit to the Florida State football team is sending shock waves on social media, but not for a reason fans and the coaching staff may have hoped.

Lowndes High School linebacker Brian Bell has committed to FSU. Bell, however, is not just known for being a football stand-out, he's also listed as one of more than 30 defendants in the wrongful death lawsuit recently filed by the family of Kendrick Johnson. 

Johnson was found dead in a rolled up gym mat in the Lowndes High wrestling room just over two years ago. The Lowndes Sheriff's Office contends the death was accidental, but Johnson's parents claim otherwise in their lawsuit. 

On Twitter, users are now calling for FSU to drop Bell's scholarship.

*Clarification:  An earlier version of this story referred to Brian Bell as a suspect in the wrongful death suit filed by the Kendrick Johnson family.  Brian Bell has not been charged with any crime in relation to this matter.  As noted above, Brian Bell is one of many defendants in a civil claim brought by the family of Kendrick Johnson.