Chiefs move quickly on Johnson decision

October, 28, 2009
10/28/09
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson

On Tuesday, Todd Haley made it known that the Chiefs took Larry Johnson's offensive comments seriously.

As soon as he said it, I knew a suspension was coming.
 Johnson


So, Wednesday night’s announcement by the team that Johnson has been suspended until Nov. 9 for conduct detrimental to the team was no surprise. Johnson will miss the Chiefs’ next game, Nov. 8 at Jacksonville. Kansas City has a bye this Sunday.

Because he was suspended now, Johnson is expected to miss two paychecks. Players are paid for the bye week. So, Johnson stands to lose about $535,000 of his $4.55 million salary he’s earning this season.

Give Kansas City credit for taking this situation seriously. Johnson was punished for making homophobic comments that were directed toward media members Monday. On Sunday night, Johnson used his Twitter account to question Haley's credentials and make a gay slur.

The Chiefs clearly weren’t going to stand for Johnson’s actions. That became clear when they sent him home Tuesday while they pondered his punishment.

It still wouldn’t shock me if Johnson, who is less than 100 yards away from becoming Kansas City’s all-time leading rusher, never plays another down for the Chiefs.

It’s not out of the question for the team to part ways with him. He was given a second chance by the new regime after he had off-field issues last season. He was suspended by the team and the NFL for separate incidents involving women at nightclubs.

Johnson’s off-field problems and his lack of production on the field could prompt the team to part ways with him. He turns 30 next month.

On Tuesday, Haley praised backup running backs Jamaal Charles and Kolby Smith, which could be another hint that Johnson’s time is Kansas City is nearing an end.

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