Must stay away from man, can see wife

Updated: February 7, 2004, 12:07 AM ET
Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Football star Keyshawn Johnson was ordered Friday to stay away from an East Bay man who was dating his ex-wife, attorneys said.

John Mahannah Jr., 31, of Richmond said Johnson threatened to kill him, "beat him to a pulp," made repeated harassing phone calls and chased after him at a funeral both men attended, according to court documents. Four men had to hold Johnson back from attacking Mahannah in public.

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Julie Conger on Friday granted a restraining order that's valid for three years. Johnson will be allowed to visit his ex-wife's home, where his two children live. A temporary restraining order issued last month required Johnson to stay away from his ex-wife's home.

Johnson, the wide receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who was deactivated midseason, has apologized for his conduct, said John Burris, Johnson's lawyer.

Johnson was upset with Mahannah because he believed Mahannah was going to interfere with his efforts to reconcile with his ex-wife, Shikiri Hightower, Burris said.

Johnson and Hightower are vacationing together in Mexico, Burris said.

But Mahannah said he still has reason to fear for his life.

Johnson's last threatening phone call was made Jan. 20, after the temporary restraining order was issued, Mahannah said.

"I've been going through pretty much hell," Mahannah said.

Mahannah said he's upset the district attorney has refused to file criminal charges against Johnson.

Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press