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League wanted Chiefs to fine Larry Johnson $10,000 only

On Monday, Chiefs running back Larry Johnson returns from his one-game exile.  The outcome was negotiated after the Chiefs suspended Johnson for two weeks after the veteran tailback ripped coach Todd Haley on Twitter, used a three-letter homophobic slur on Twitter, disrespected the paying customers on Twitter, and then uttered the six-letter version of the homophobic slur in the locker room the next day, in the direction of the media.

So, in the end, Johnson lost more than $330,000 in salary and per-game roster bonus.

Nancy Gay of AOL’s recently reported that the league wanted the Chiefs to impose on Johnson a fine of $10,000 only.

That had been the going rate for using the “F” word that doesn’t rhyme with “truck.”  In December 2006, Steelers linebacker Joey Porter used that specific word in relation to former Browns tight end Kellen Winslow.

Gay also points out that the league has said nothing at all regarding Johnson’s conduct.  The silence sends a curious message at a time when Commissioner Roger Goodell has been vigilant regarding his enforcement of the league’s Personal Conduct Policy.

Regardless of the motivation (and we suspect that the league was hoping not to draw any more attention to an unfortunate and embarrassing incident), the NFL’s decision to say nothing at all about Johnson’s words conflicts with the very public attempts by the Commissioner to crack down on bad behavior.

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19 Responses to “League wanted Chiefs to fine Larry Johnson $10,000 only”
  1. sim448 says: Nov 6, 2009 11:35 PM

    Nancy Gay??? It is true. The best shit cannot be made up. Classic.

  2. Munny says: Nov 6, 2009 11:58 PM

    Doesn’t anyone in the head office watch south park? He must’ve been referring to a harley rider.

  3. JC says: Nov 7, 2009 12:03 AM

    The irony..

  4. EaglesToRockDallas...AGAIN says: Nov 7, 2009 12:27 AM

    While I await the Sunday night blowout by the Eagles over the Cowboys (the latest in a series), I’m here trolling PFT … and am disgusted … by banner ads “by Google” for the Sandra Bullock football movie about Oher.
    The only thing I hate more than the Dallas Cowboys is Terrell Owens; the only thing I hate more than T.O. is his reprehensible agent; and the only thing I hate more than Rosenpuke is SANDRA BULLOCK.
    I hate her. Everything about her. That Speed 3 movie was the worst thing ever … worse than Speed 2. Made me wish I was a character in any of the “Saw movies” … my wife “drags me to hell” when she insists on seeing a Sandra Bullock (especially that PUKE FEST with Ryan Reynolds and Betty White) movie on our date night … It’s like I am 5 minutes into the movie, and begin fumbling for a pencil to stick through my temple, to end it all … her crap is THAT WRETCHED AND PUTRID. Unfunny, poorly acted, formulaic crap. Mailed-in like any half-run T.O. route when he’s on a losing team and he thinks the QB throwing him the ball is gay or is a bigger star than he is …
    So now, we have the film adaptation of Michael Lewis’ biographical story of Michael Oher. And, what’s the movie poster promoting — well, it’s the latest example of a profane obscenity, the words “Sandra Bullock”!
    And look … she’s bleach-blonded her hair, again! Hey, moron … it didn’t work in “Miss Congeniality Part 2”, why do you think it will work here?
    Seriously … wasn’t this fine story about Oher? Then why have the producers and marketers spun this as another Sandra Bullock vehicle?? Isn’t she over 50 yet?

  5. faghag says: Nov 7, 2009 12:31 AM

    I find it ironic that an organization that had a defacto ban on black players for 13 years is now fining one for descriminating remarks.
    Makes about as much sense as the American Nazis picketing Washington over it with “Keep Redskins White” plackards.
    Fag is taboo, but Redskins is not?
    What an arbitary bucket of sh*t the NFL has become.

  6. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Nov 7, 2009 12:32 AM

    Saints CB Randall Gay takes offense to the first comment above. Who Dat? A sensitive cat. Meow.

  7. Fart Face Killa says: Nov 7, 2009 1:56 AM

    How ironic that Nancy is reporting on a story about a f*g/f*ggot comment.
    Besides… doesn’t that mean “a loud annoying Harley rider” anway?

  8. wxwax says: Nov 7, 2009 4:29 AM

    I suspect the Chiefs wanted to send a message about Johnson’s other tweets that evening, the ones that criticized the coaching staff.

  9. rkell21 says: Nov 7, 2009 5:10 AM

    LOL @sim448. The ironing is delicious.
    Great article btw. The first paragraph sums it up perfectly.

  10. NomNoms says: Nov 7, 2009 8:21 AM

    Sim448, I myself find great humor in somone with the last name Gay, reporting on homophobic slurs. We should be Friends on facebook

  11. rockotica says: Nov 7, 2009 9:19 AM

    goodell came in like a lion; now he’s just a pandering, dishonest, windbag lamb.

  12. NomNoms says: Nov 7, 2009 9:36 AM

    How ironic that Nancy is reporting on a story about a f*g/f*ggot comment.
    Besides… doesn’t that mean “a loud annoying Harley rider” anway?
    Haha, Great episode

  13. SmackMyVickUp says: Nov 7, 2009 10:50 AM

    Guess it has more to do with him criticizing coaching staff than the gay slurs

  14. Marvin Berry says: Nov 7, 2009 11:00 AM

    I don’t know where you boys are from, but you must have a bunch of those weekend yuppie Harley riders cruising around in your hood.

  15. LL Live says: Nov 7, 2009 11:06 AM

    Nancy lives in San Fran is has a politically correct last name…he first name is a slur for a wimpy guy…what did you expect…seriously, she has a conflict of interest and should have recused herself from chiming in…Fanhouse should suspend Nancy…What do Harvey Milk and Mike Singletary have in common? They both dropped their pants in front of a room full of guys in San Fransisco.

  16. GB3Pack4 says: Nov 7, 2009 11:08 AM

    To me, the fine discrepancy means that the League is less disturbed by the #$@# comments, than the Team is by the attack on the coach. To me, they’re both reprehensible for different reasons, the $10,000 fine would not have been enough, and the game suspension was appropriate.
    What I would also like to have seen is penalties clearly linked to EACH offense, in print.

  17. Apollo says: Nov 7, 2009 11:57 AM

    Wow, South Park quotes. This has turned into an intelligent thread.
    “Losers assemble in small groups and incorporate South Park references into their posts”

  18. NomNoms says: Nov 7, 2009 2:26 PM

    Let me guess Apollo. You have just gotten off your little Honda two wheeler and your a little bitter You havent quite reached “harley status”, and your upset that people have the audacity to crack jokes on a thread concerning perhaps the biggest Joke in the nfl. LJ.
    Either that or your wifes romantically involved with the hells angels.

  19. NomNoms says: Nov 7, 2009 2:47 PM

    apollo whhhaaaa whhhhhaaa poor baby doesnt want people cracking jokes on a thread devoted to Larry Johnson the biggest joke in the NFL. As Far as i know your not the filter on this site so shut your jiztrap

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