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Chiefs suspend RB Larry Johnson

Chiefs suspend RB Larry Johnson

Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson, who made two gay slurs within a 24-hour period, was given what amounts to a one-game suspension on Wednesday, but Johnson's agent said he would appeal.
Agent Peter Schaffer said the game check and other lost revenue would amount to about a penalty of about $600,000 for the two-time NFL Pro Bowl player.
In a three-sentence release, the Chiefs said Johnson would be suspended until Nov. 9 for conduct detrimental to the team. The Chiefs are on their bye week and will not play again until Nov. 8 against Jacksonville.
The Chiefs had been saying for three days that they were "investigating" the situation. Johnson was told to stay away from the team on Tuesday.
In 2007, Johnson signed a five-year contract extension that guaranteed him about $19 million and could be worth as much as $45 million. But because of these latest problems, his future with the Chiefs beyond Nov. 8 may still be cloudy.
Coach Todd Haley and first-year general manager Scott Pioli have repeatedly said they are trying to build a new culture and a new attitude for a struggling franchise, which has sunk to the bottom of the NFL and that disloyalty will not be tolerated.
Johnson, who needs just 75 yards rushing to break the team's career record, first used the gay slur on his Twitter account in an exchange with one of his followers on Sunday. Earlier he had posted comments calling Haley's qualifications into question.
Then in a whispered remark on Monday after telling reporters in the locker room he was not talking, Johnson repeated the slur, according to the Kansas City Star which has posted audio of the alleged comment.


Updated : 2021-03-06 05:05 GMT+08:00