Unlike most Americans during these tough economic times, Larry Johnson doesn't seem to mind the idea of joining the ranks of the unemployed.
How else could he explain his comments on Twitter after Sunday's game.
Johnson, who is 75 yards from surpassing Priest Holmes as the Chiefs all-time leading rusher, may have all but assured himself of a one-way ticket out of town with comments about Chiefs Head Coach Todd Haley.
Here is what Johnson had to say in reference to Haley on Twitter:
"my father got more credentials than most of these pro coaches. google my father!!!"
"My father played for the coach from "remember the titans". Our coach played golf. My father played for redskins briefly. Our coach. Nuthn"
Then, when one of Johnson's followers on Twitter chimed in with comments inferring that it's not Haley's fault that Johnson falls "when defensive linemen blow on him," or that he "spits in women's faces;" Johnson directed his wrath and a gay slur at him.
To the comment about Johnson spitting in women's faces, Johnson responded with:
"Make me regret it. Lmao. U don't stop my checks. Lmao. So 'tweet' away."
Pretty ridiculous comments, however you want to look at it, for a guy averaging just 2.7 yards per carry with no touchdowns in seven games.
Yes, the Chiefs offensive line has been one of the league's worst this season, but Johnson can't say Haley hasn't given him every opportunity to run the ball.
Johnson's 132 carries rank him fourth in the NFL behind only Cedric Benson, Adrian Peterson, and Steven Jackson. Those three players also happen to be the top three in terms of rushing yardage, whereas Johnson ranks 19th with only 358 yards.
Does Johnson think his father would give him the ball five more times a game so he could get another 13 yards?
Is that the key to the Kansas City Chiefs winning games?
Johnson, in his own strange and self-absorbed way, seems to think so.
Apparently Johnson hasn't heard of a few common sayings, like:
- Put up or shut up.
- If you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all.
- What goes around, comes around.
Truth be told, this guy simply doesn't get it. Even after multiple run-ins with the law, civil lawsuits, being suspended and fined by the NFL and Chiefs, and having to agree to a non-guaranteed contract; he still can't keep his foot out of his mouth and stay out of trouble.
The problem with Johnson isn't Haley. It's not Kansas City's fans. It's not the media, and it's certainly not some Tweeter from Columbia, MO.
For Johnson, the problem is staring back at him in the mirror.
Like so many other athletes we've seen through the years, Johnson lives in a world where he feels entitled to everything and responsible for nothing. Even after all the trouble he's created for himself the past several years, we can't "stop his checks."
Apparently, printed on all that money that Johnson is so proud of, isn't the motto "In God We Trust" like the money the rest of us earn and spend. For Johnson, his money is printed with his own motto of "It's Not My Fault."
"It's not my fault the Chiefs are losing."
"It's not my fault I make mindless inflammatory comments on Twitter."
"It's not my fault I offend an entire city of football fans everytime I speak in public."
"It's not my fault I can't get along with any Head Coach I've ever had in Kansas City."
"It's not my fault my Dad is better than your Dad."
No, Johnson just doesn't get it. In all honestly, he lacks the maturity to get it. He lacks the common sense to get it.
Johnson is the equivalent of NFL kryptonite right now.
For Chiefs fans, this latest episode is the final straw. For Chiefs owner Clark Hunt and General Manager Scott Pioli, it would be an absolute public relations nightmare if they choose to keep Johnson and let him break Holmes' team rushing record now.
Johnson is right however, that Tweeter from Columbia can't stop his checks. Unfortunately, Hunt and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell can.
In fact, because of Johnson's contract, the Chiefs could release him without any salary cap implications whatsoever should the NFL choose to suspend him. And a suspension of as many as eight games is possible should Goodell deem this to be Johnson's second violation of the league's personal conduct policy.
For Johnson however, he obviously isn't worried about being suspended or released. He doesn't care about becoming the Chiefs all-time leading rusher. He seems to think that there is a big market for him across the NFL and he can be a leading rusher for another team.
In fact, here's a short list of all the NFL teams and head coaches that would be interested in Johnson should he be released by the Chiefs:
1. No one
Maybe he has talked to his Dad, the defensive line coach at Penn State, about a coaching job at his alma mater.
Maybe there are a lot of jobs out there for immature 29-year-olds with a Bachelor's Degree in Integrative Arts and a knack for telling their boss how inept they are.
Who knows what will happen with Johnson, but it's a pretty good bet he won't be a member of the Kansas City Chiefs much longer.
Whatever happens, it's not his fault.
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