Who Wants Larry Johnson?
Don't expect to see Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson this afternoon when his team takes on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 28-year-old who missed the past two games, was charged Monday with simple assault for allegedly spitting a drink in a woman's face at a night club earlier this month. He also threatened to "kill" her boyfriend, according to the police report.
This is the fourth time since being drafted by Kansas City in the first round of the 2003 draft that Johnson has been accused of assaulting women.
In December 2003 he was charged with aggravated assault, and misdemeanor domestic battery for allegedly brandishing a gun during an argument with an ex-girlfriend. Under terms of a diversion program those charges were dropped and he was required to perform 20 hours of community service, enter an anger management program and stay out of trouble for two years.
In 2005, he was accused of domestic abuse assault after an altercation with his girlfriend at a bar in which he allegedly pushed her to the ground. Those charges were later dropped. Then in February of this year Johnson was charged with simple assault for pushing a woman at a night club. He'll be in court on December 3rd to answer for that one.
Despite back-to-back 1,700 yard seasons, Chief's president Carl Peterson doesn't want Johnson on the field until he works out his problems off of it. He stated that it would be in everyone's best interest "that Larry focuses his attention on addressing his personal issues."
Johnson, who faces NFL suspension, in addition to possible jail time, has publicly apologized for his behavior. "It's the first time in my life that I actually had to stand up -- I actually woke up and kind of been disgusted with myself."
As with other high profile athletes who have bent the rules so far that they stand to lose their ride, Johnson appeared contrite. Whether that contrition was sincere or a reaction to the fear of losing his NFL career remains to be seen. It does seem odd though, given his past, that this is the first time in his life that he has "kind of been disgusted" with himself.
Unlike other NFL repeat offenders, who can't stop driving drunk or repeated fail drug tests, Johnson assaults women. And while he may go to anger management or seek therapy, one has to wonder if any team would want somebody like that in their locker room despite his talent. Would you?
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