CINCINNATI - In a somewhat bizarre and extreme move, controversial wide receiver Chad Johnson has declared that he will kick one puppy every day until he is traded or released from the Cincinnati Bengals.
"It's time for me to start doing whatever it takes for me to get out of here, and I do mean anything," said Johnson in a phone call Sunday evening. "I'll kick puppies, kittens...small children...anything that gets between me and gettin' outta town. You don't respect Ocho Cinco and Ocho Cinco don't respect you. Or your little dog."
Despite these new threats, Bengals upper management seems determined to stick to their guns.
"Chad will do what he must, but he's going to be a Bengal until his contract runs out," said team president Mike Brown. "I'm not sure if this is the best course of action, as it is sure to strain Chad's relations with the Cincinnati sports community."
Head coach Marvin Lewis echoed these sentiments: "Chad can do whatever the heck he wants, but he's stayin' here. He could moon the Pope and we wouldn't let him out of his contract."
Johnson is currently under contract through the 2011 season. He signed a six-year contract extension on April 20, 2006.