Deal includes anger-management courses

OLATHE, Kan. -- The Chiefs' Larry Johnson must perform
community service and attend anger-management courses for
prosecutors to drop charges he threatened a former girlfriend with
a gun.

Johnson County District Attorney Paul Morrison said Thursday the
running back also must stay out of trouble for two years.

"We try to look at the case on its merits without looking at
who did it," Morrison said. "While we certainly don't want to
give professional athletes a break we wouldn't give someone else,
we don't want to treat them harder."

Johnson was charged last December with aggravated assault and
misdemeanor domestic battery after fighting with a former
girlfriend. The charges will be dismissed if he completes the
program, which includes 120 hours of community service.

Johnson, who played at Penn State, was Kansas City's first-round
draft choice last year but played sparingly.

"We are grateful for the granting of Larry's diversion; he is a
great young man and he'll make the best of it," said Johnson's
attorney, Kevin Regan.