Larry Johnson The Humble: Part Deux?

alton rexCorrespondent IApril 2, 2009

ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 21:  Running back Larry Johnson #27 of the Kansas City Chiefs spits on the sideline late in the game while taking on the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on September 21, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Falcons defeated the Chiefs 38-14.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Sooo... the latest news is Larry Johnson is "open" to remaining with the Chiefs.

What could possibly be the source of this new-found contriteness, and the earnest, blue-collar, working class look in his eye?

A change of heart? A complete turnaround? An apocolypse of spirit?




Please do not let your hearts be lightened by the sudden change of face from this charlatan. Larry Johnson has not changed one whit.

From the moment KC drafted Larry he has not been happy about it. He never wanted to play for a team in a square little backwater of a city in the mid-west. He never bought a house in KC or lives here in the off season.

Larry Johnson is motivated only by the basest of human needs. His comfort. His body. His money. His Way.

He has no concept of higher human desire; pride, character, accomplishment it's self and not for the acknowledgement of others, for the comfort and well-being of those less fortunate than himself.

Most of the time, he's hanging out with Jay-Z in Alpine, NJ licking his wounded pride over the hand life has dealt him. Poor Larry. You've been terribly wronged to get paid millions to play a kids game.

LJ is a bright lights and big city kinda guy. He'd rather be a rich fish in a big town than a big, rich fish in a little town.

The real source of his new attitude? I suspect it has more to do with the Chiefs going after 3.5 million of his guaranteed money than it does with any new leaf LJ is trying to turn.

That, and the realization he will never get the kind of money his current contract calls for from anyone else until he improves his stock and trade by having a big season.

Is it possible LJ is smarter than he's shown himself to be by his boorish treatment of others and his violence against women? Hard to believe.

If KC wins the case and gets to keep the 3.5 million, they should entertain trade offers if there are any, and they should take as little as a 4th or 5th round pick and two fried bologna sandwiches on white if they can get it. Maybe one bologna sandwich.

I think LJ has a lot of good football left. I just don't think he is going to put up a whole-hearted effort for the Chiefs, even if he gets to keep his money. If he loses the case, and KC can keep that dough -- LJ will never get over it, and it will be time (finally!!) to cut him loose.

So long.