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Bishop Sycamore head coach faces energetic warrant, civil lawsuits pile up

Bishop Sycamore soccer coach Leroy (Roy) Johnson, whose workforce of random on-line post-grads misplaced two video games in 48 hours over the weekend, together with being trounced by IMG Academy 58-Zero on ESPN, faces an energetic warrant out of Delaware, Ohio, and a number of civil lawsuits, in accordance with court docket paperwork obtained by OutKick.

The bench warrant for failure to seem in a home violence case that was ultimately dropped to a legal mischief cost was issued July 2 by the Delaware County Sheriff’s Workplace and stays energetic.

Then Friday, a Franklin County choose dominated Johnson and Jay Richardson, a former Ohio State Buckeye, and present Columbus prep sports activities TV character, will go to trial for defaulting on a $100,000 mortgage issued in April 2018 that was by no means repaid to First Retailers Financial institution.


“Defendants’ failure to reply the request for admission served upon them proves deadly to their trigger,” the court docket wrote in its resolution. “Due to this failure, Defendants have admitted to the Financial institution’s declare of fraudulent misrepresentation, conversion, and unjust enrichment.”

The $100,000 mortgage difficulty has dogged Johnson since his time as head coach of Christians of Religion Academy, a precursor to his Bishop Sycamore soccer operation. Johnson additionally faces a 2019 civil lawsuit filed by ARN Hospitality, which owns a Delaware, OH Baymont Lodge the place the top coach is believed to have housed soccer gamers in rooms for $81.19 an evening through the fall of 2018.

ARN Hospitality says Johnson owes a steadiness of $110,685.

“Through the events’ dealings and the course of negotiations, Defendant Johnson represented to Plaintiff that he and COF Academy had adequate funds and creditworthiness to pay for the room rental,” the lawsuit reads.

Baymont says Johnson and his friends left “with out paying any portion of the excellent steadiness owed for the rooms.”


In 2019, Tailwind Griff LLC, homeowners of The Griff condominium complicated close to Ohio State, filed eviction notices in Franklin County Municipal Court docket in opposition to Johnson and Andre Peterson, who calls himself “Director/Coach Bishop Sycamore Centurions” in his Twitter bio.

It’s not simply housing that has offered a problem for Johnson. In a 2018 Columbus Dispatch story, LVL Up Sports activities Paintball Park in suburban Columbus claimed Johnson introduced his workforce over for some bonding. The soccer gamers “shot hundreds of paintballs” and had enjoyable, in accordance with the proprietor. Johnson allegedly advised proprietor Dave Pando that “the one who was purported to pay” the invoice that was over $1,000 would cease later within the day to pay the tab. A bank card was left with Pando, however no person ever confirmed as much as pay the invoice.

Johnson’s workforce went by way of 20,000 paintballs and 4 hours of staffing. When Pando ran the bank card, it was ineffective.

That very same yr, a Columbus coaching facility advised the Dispatch that Johnson had racked up a invoice totaling $7,720 that wasn’t paid. “A constant theme about that is that Roy may be very convincing with the aim of the varsity and the story and all of that,” SuperKick Columbus proprietor Jim Waters advised the newspaper.

Now the person with a warrant out for his arrest and a number of civil lawsuits is fielding a soccer workforce in opposition to IMG Academy on ESPN. How does that occur? A former Ohio Excessive College Athletic Affiliation investigator who trailed Johnson for years advised OutKick that Bishop Sycamore fills an ideal void for nationwide powerhouses. The previous official mentioned that packages inside Ohio know all about Johnson and Bishop Sycamore, however faculties like (Akron) Hoban and Lakewood St. Edward “would fairly play an illegitimate college than have a bye,” the previous OHSAA official added.

Is Roy Johnson operating a rip-off? That is dependent upon what you think about a rip-off. In a Twitter chat held Monday afternoon, the coach defined that college students attend courses on-line. The varsity doesn’t have a constructing. It doesn’t have a devoted observe facility. Johnson even joked that his workforce will observe on an open parking zone if that’s all they will discover. The coach says that underage gamers on his workforce stick with him whereas the gamers 18 and older stay in random locations as in the event that they’re in school.

Through the Twitter chat, Johnson tried to elucidate how this complete Bishop Sycamore factor works. “We lease area a number of days per week to go over our classroom stuff class, work stuff,” the coach mentioned. “That’s within the japanese space so you possibly can form of get us there in a number of days per week that we have now college. Bear in mind we’re not a standard college so we don’t have our younger males sitting at school from 7:00 AM,” he added.

Bishop Sycamore is an untraditional college with simply 5 wins since Johnson flipped the script from the COF Academy to his new incarnation. The varsity went 0-6 in 2020 and was outscored 227-42. By means of the primary two video games, this season issues haven’t been significantly better. They’re being outscored 96-Zero and head subsequent to Paintsville, Kentucky to face Johnson Central.

When requested Monday what Johnson will do on the quarterback place after operating out of quarterbacks in opposition to IMG, the coach who might promote a used automobile to a used automobile salesman, mentioned he had a plan within the type of some child named Trilian Harris out of California.


“He did an incredible job on the final minute coming in there and throwing the ball round and whipping it round and so you realize we’re actually assured with him after which you realize what we do greater than anything and that’s performed protection and play particular groups,” Johnson mentioned.

Pending the Delaware County Sheriff’s Division paying a go to to Roy, he’ll be on the street for some Friday night time motion with one of the mysterious ‘highschool’ soccer groups in america.


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