The Kansas City Chiefs confirmed the rumors Monday. They’ve officially cut ties with Larry Johnson, who just finished up with his suspension for repeatedly using gay slurs and just generally being a pain in the ass.
Surprised? You really shouldn’t be. The team has simply run out of patience with the running back and all of his off-field issues. Having served his second suspension in a year’s time, Johnson’s hopes of holding any records for the 1-7 Chiefs are long gone. Turning 30 later this month, he was just 75 yards away from breaking Priest Holmes team rushing record.
His agent, Peter Schaffer, compared it to getting dumped.
“A part of him is excited and a part of him is very regretful. There’s a lot of feelings going on right now. It’s analogous to breaking up with a girlfriend. Maybe you saw it coming, but it still hurts when it happens,” Schaffer told The Associated Press.
LJ, a No. 1 pick out of Penn State in 2003, just hasn’t been the player he was back in 2005 and 2006. He rushed for more than 1,700 yards in each of those fantastic Pro Bowl seasons, setting a franchise record with 1,789 rushing yards in ’06, and an NFL record 416 rushing attempts the same year. In 132 carries this season (crappy blocking aside) he averaged just 2.7 yards per carry.
Maybe juggling tumultuous relationships with his coaches and fans had a strain on his performance. Herm Edwards benched him for three straight games last season after breaking team rules before Commissioner Roger Goddell added a fourth game to the punishment for violating the league’s player conduct policy.
He was later sentenced to two year’s probation for tossing a drink on one lady and pushing another, which is technically referred to as “disturbing the peace.” I like to call it “being an asshole.”
LJ ends his career as a Chief with 5,996 yards rushing and 55 touchdowns.Tweet
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