‘Fast Eddie’ Johnson
Known as “Fast Eddie,” Edward Lee Johnson Jr. was a full-fledged NBA star — averaging 15 points and 5 assists per game and shooting nearly 50 percent from the floor over 675 games. He represented the Atlanta Hawks in two consecutive NBA All-Star Games, and his explosive speed and slashing ability, in addition to an accurate outside shot, netted him a career total of 10,163 points. Life after basketball, however, would not go well for Fast Eddie. The former star completely lost control.
Described as a “habitual felon,” Johnson was convicted of sexual battery and sexual molestation of an 8-year-old girl. But Fast Eddie wasn’t new to crime, not by a long shot. He had been arrested roughly 100 times, with allegations of “burglary, battery, robbery, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.” Johnson’s sexual assault on an 8-year-old landed him a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
Unfortunately, another Eddie Johnson, also a retired NBA player — who seems to be an all-around good guy — has been confused for the child rapist. So keep your Eddies straight. The scumbag Eddie Johnson is locked up in Santa Rosa Correctional Institution, and he will never again be a free man.