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Tank Johnson testifies in murder trial

Cedric Benson wasn’t the only former Bear who got a crack at his old team on Sunday, when Cincinnati stomped Chicago by 35 points.

The Bears picked defensive tackle Tank Johnson in round two of the 2004 draft.  After a series of legal issues, the Bears gave up on Johnson, who initially landed with the Cowboys before joining the Bengals earlier this year as an unrestricted free agent.

So after getting a piece of the Bears, Johnson had to deal with one of the lingering legal entanglements that made headlines during his time in Chicago.  Specifically, Johnson testified in a murder trial.

Once on the stand, Johnson discussed the events of an evening in December 2006.  Michael Selvie bumped into Johnson several times at a club while Johnson was dancing with a woman.  Selvie then fought with Willie Posey, Johnson’s best friend.

Johnson said that the fight continued after security intervened, and that he then heard a gunshot and took cover.  After emerging from behind a couch (which probably wasn’t bulletproof), Johnson found Posey lying on the floor.

Earlier that month, police found six unregistered firearms at Johnson’s home, which resulted in a violation of probation arising from an earlier weapons charge.  He was sentenced to 120 days in jail, served 60, and then told the media after being freed that he’d accept whatever punishment NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell might impose.

Even after Johnson received an eight-game suspension, the Bears continued to support him.

“I’ve been through a lot and I think the more important thing to look
at now is that I’m at the end of the road with all of this stuff and
it’s time for a new beginning,” Johnson said at the time.

The “new beginning” included, before the end of the same month in which it started, an arrest for suspicion of DUI. 

The Bears had enough, and they cut him days later.

“We are upset and embarrassed by Tank’s actions last week,” G.M. Jerry Angelo said in June 2007.  “He compromised the credibility of our organization.  We made it
clear to him that he had no room for error.  Our goal was to help
someone through a difficult period in his life but the effort needs to
come from both sides.  It didn’t and we have decided to move on.”

But Johnson was never charged with drunk driving after his blood-alcohol concentration was measured at only 0.072 percent, 0.008 percent below the legal limit.

Tuesday’s testimony should finally put in Johnson’s rear-view mirror his dark days of 2006 and 2007.  To his credit, he has stayed out of any trouble for more than two years.

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8 Responses to “Tank Johnson testifies in murder trial”
  1. enik says: Oct 28, 2009 8:49 AM

    “To his credit, he has stayed out of any trouble for more than two years.”
    So he deserves a pat on the back for staying out of trouble for a whole 2 years?

  2. birdmancometh says: Oct 28, 2009 9:27 AM

    Yes, Enik, he does. It’s been two years since all of that happened. Should he have stayed out of trouble for 20 years over the last 2 years?
    People make mistakes and people change. Now jump back on your high horse, sunday school is about to start.

  3. richardb says: Oct 28, 2009 9:40 AM

    6 unregistered hand guns means he didn’t buy them from legal dealers. Wonder if he bought from the guys who supply the hood, the mob, the folks that keep our prisons fully occupied? Tank must have known some for real thugs.

  4. NYBearsFan says: Oct 28, 2009 9:59 AM

    richard,
    They were registered in Arizona, where he used to live, but his dumbass just never re-registered them when he moved to Illinois.
    Not a terrible crime compared to other stuff you see.

  5. SmackMyVickUp says: Oct 28, 2009 10:05 AM

    8 game suspension…for what he did?
    Goodell is going soft.

  6. CYGNUS X-1 says: Oct 28, 2009 11:20 AM

    it’s nice he seems to have turned his life around but that does not mean the bears were wrong to let him or benson go.I mean how many chances are you supposed to give them?you people would have been the first to jump on the bears for having thugs had they kept them.and maybe being cut is what got them going doen the right path.so instead of proving them wrong for 1 game maybe benson should focus more on the whole season and say thanks to the bears.we will see if he really is that good when they face the steelers and it’s 3rd and short and he gets the ball.will he be stopped short?fumble? or do both then come out of the game hurt?that is what he did for the bears so excuse me if I don’t jump up and down for his sudden turn around.

  7. Bob Nelson says: Oct 28, 2009 12:47 PM

    Tank Johnson should never have been In trouble” in the first place.
    The man has 2nd amendments rights that were trampled upon.
    Ted Kennedy’s car has hurt and killed more people than Tank Johnson’s firearms.
    Tank was railroaded by unconstiutional laws and left wing lawyers. Tank Johnson is owed a huge apology and half a season’s pay. Tank Johnson didn’t hurt anyone.
    The way the NFL treated Tank Johnson brought more discredit on the league than Tank’s ownership of a legal product.

  8. Dave The Dude says: Oct 28, 2009 5:41 PM

    @Bob Nelson:
    Nowhere does the Second Ammendment provide the right to own firearms without registering them. Registering a firearm is something any responsible firearm owner should do immediately after (or before) purchasing any firearm, regardless of the laws in their area. Yes, it’s an honest mistake to forget to register when you move, but it’s something you need to do if you’re going to own a gun. I own firearms personally, and I make sure to check my local laws regarding my firearms and make sure that my firearms are properly registered, as well as staying current with my concealed weapons permit. I also keep a trigger lock on all of them, NEVER store my guns loaded or with ammunition in the same safe, and never carry them with me in public. If I had a child, I would make sure to put my kid in safety courses and train him/her on the dangers and responsibilities of firearms, just as my father did. Anyone who says these measures are excessive or an affront to their liberties does not deserve to hold those liberties as they are obviously not a responsible gun owner. And frankly, who gives a crap about your political beliefs if you’re going to be an irresponsible gun owner?

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