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Raiders’ Chris Johnson leaves team after family tragedy


Oakland Raiders cornerback Chris Johnson has left the team to be with family after his sister was killed and his mother was wounded in a shooting in Fort Worth, Texas.

Raiders coach Hue Jackson said he expects Johnson to be with the team on Sunday but is giving Johnson the time he needs.

“This is a game of football,” Jackson said. “The thing he’s dealing with is a game of life. We’ll get him back here pretty soon. Very, very tough situation that he’s dealing with. But the organization supports him, I support him, he’ll get back here and be ready to go.”

According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 46-year-old Eugene Esters has been charged with murder and attempted murder for killing Jennifer Johnson and wounding her mother, Della Johnson. Esters is the father of Jennifer Johnson’s 2-year-old daughter.

The 2-year-old daughter was not present when the shooting took place, nor was Jennifer Johnson’s other child. Della Johnson is expected to survive.

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49 Responses to “Raiders’ Chris Johnson leaves team after family tragedy”
  1. rogerbrad says: Dec 7, 2011 7:40 PM

    Hate to hear this Chris. My best wishes to you and your family. Try to hang tough for your family.

  2. doe22us says: Dec 7, 2011 7:46 PM

    Is it just me or was that an irresponsible statement by Hue Jackson i expect him to be here by Sunday, but we are giving him all the time he needs. WTH.

  3. 808raiderinparadise says: Dec 7, 2011 7:53 PM

    Terrible for him. Thoughts & Prayers Chris.

    ….there is so much happening to this team all year.

  4. dolfanatik says: Dec 7, 2011 7:53 PM

    End of time is near. Lost souls out here

  5. raiderfan40 says: Dec 7, 2011 7:54 PM

    God bless, Chris

  6. veence69 says: Dec 7, 2011 7:55 PM

    Awful. Just awful.

  7. joeinoh says: Dec 7, 2011 7:57 PM

    Wow. What possesses someone to “thumbs down” on that first comment. A – holes.

  8. wegohardinthepaint says: Dec 7, 2011 7:59 PM

    Theres a reason the Raiders feel comfortable taking in all these troubled kids, Hue Jackson isn’t just a Coach. He’s a father to these guys.

  9. dylanmusicfane says: Dec 7, 2011 7:59 PM

    my deepest condolences. I hope the rat bastard gets what he deserves.

  10. ProDolphinsTalk says: Dec 7, 2011 8:01 PM

    It’s time PFT identified who’s giving the thumbs up and thumbs down for losers like the two people who voted down the above comment from ‘rogerbrad’. Pathetic.

  11. fin72 says: Dec 7, 2011 8:06 PM

    “This is a game of football,” Jackson said. “The thing he’s dealing with is a game of life. We’ll get him back here pretty soon. Very, very tough situation that he’s dealing with. But the organization supports him, I support him, he’ll get back here and be ready to go.”
    Chris Johnson should decide when he’s coming back, not Hue Jackson. Hue Jackson has always struck me as a phony, and it’s in incredibly poor taste to even mention a timetable for Johnson’s return during a statement of this nature.

  12. miamidolphins1 says: Dec 7, 2011 8:11 PM

    how the hell do people give thumbs down on these types of things? i really hope they are just doing it as a joke, because if they are serious they got major issues.

    deepest condolences to the johnson family.

  13. footballfan1209 says: Dec 7, 2011 8:11 PM

    Strange comment by Hue Jackson…”I expect him to be here Sunday”…uhhh Hue…..the guy’s sister was just murdered

  14. wegohardinthepaint says: Dec 7, 2011 8:20 PM

    Chris were all praying for your mom man. Take all the time you need. Football can wait

  15. radrntn says: Dec 7, 2011 8:25 PM

    Bad news, one sick dude to do that.

  16. fitzmagic1212 says: Dec 7, 2011 8:30 PM

    i wish him and his family all the prayers in the world..i can’t even imagine what he’s going through. i know one thing hue should have said football is the last thing on johnsons mind and should take off as much time as he needs.

  17. changeup39 says: Dec 7, 2011 8:41 PM

    Football is a game. Life is NOT a game, Hue.

  18. Patriot42 says: Dec 7, 2011 8:47 PM

    The human life value among some are worth very little and the only way to get through to these people is not coddling them but to treat them with similar treatment.

  19. hsatpft says: Dec 7, 2011 8:47 PM

    10-1 (pun intended) Jackson said that he expects Johnson to be at Lambeau because Johnson told him so. This is the NFL, not your office. Players don’t simply fail to show up for work, they have a status. It’s for the same reason there’s an injury list – people bet on games. The casinos et al are going to do their thing without sympathy for the reasons behind a players absence. And the team is required to report an absence & the team’s expectations for the player for the next game.

  20. baegucb says: Dec 7, 2011 8:53 PM

    dolfanatik says: Dec 7, 2011 7:53 PM

    End of time is near. Lost souls out here

    Iim Tebow approves this message.

  21. danielwold says: Dec 7, 2011 8:55 PM

    wow… is goodell going to fine the shooter? sorry to hear. i feel bad for hating on him now for losing the Buffalo game for us.

  22. sullijo1 says: Dec 7, 2011 8:57 PM

    Terrible news.

  23. dawsonleery says: Dec 7, 2011 9:00 PM

    Go take care of your family CJ. They need you.

  24. polarbear71 says: Dec 7, 2011 9:03 PM

    BEARnation is with you my Brother…Very sorry for the lost of your sister and our prayers go out to you and your Mother.

  25. dannymac17 says: Dec 7, 2011 9:03 PM

    Raider Hater here, my condolences go out to Chris and his family. Absolutely awful thing to happen. I hope his sister finds peace and this POS dies in jail or is executed under Texas law.

  26. fittytuckin says: Dec 7, 2011 9:48 PM

    Wasn’t this the guy bawling in the locker room on his hands and knees after a non relative passes? But expects a player to be ready for Sunday. Pretty inappropriate if you ask me.

  27. cowhawkfan says: Dec 7, 2011 9:52 PM

    Those criticizing Hue’s comments are pathetic. Hue didn’t demand he return Sunday. He “expects” him bac Sunday, which most likely Sunday. Chris probably told the team he’d go home to handle family business then return in time for the game. In addition, how much time does your employer give for bereavement. Most give 3-5 days for a sister. After that, you are without pay or subject to termination. Of course, some employers let you use PTO/vacation time for extra days, if you have accrued it.

    This is a tragic event and tough times for the family. But, don’t take Hue’s comments out of context or criticize whT is standard employment practice.

  28. marshawnlynchlookslikepredator says: Dec 7, 2011 10:26 PM

    I agree with cowhawkfan.

    What is with people bashing Hue? He didn’t say anything negative about Chris being away, nor did he say exactly when he’ll be back. His comments about his return were vague at best, and everything else was about being supportive. Get off the guys back, and criticize him for something he deserves not just the first story that pops up.

  29. Andre's Johnson says: Dec 7, 2011 10:36 PM

    Hue Jackson exploited Al Davis’ passing, and now he’s completely understating the gravity of this situation. Saying he expects Johnson to be there Sunday and that football and life are both games is just plain stupid. This guy is a weirdo, and Raiders fans ought to be skeptical of his longterm viability as an NFL head coach.

    Get well, Chris’ mom…and RIP Chris’ sister. I hope the kids are very well taken care of. And I hope that punk ass sumbitch feels incredible pain after the needle goes in. Don’t mess with Texas, bitch.

  30. hrdcorbengalsfan says: Dec 7, 2011 10:58 PM


    So did Mike Brown.

  31. richm2256 says: Dec 7, 2011 11:08 PM

    Tragic, tragic story. Killed the girlfriend and shot her mother???

    Jennifer had to have been with this guy for at least two years …… did she have no idea he had a temper and owned a gun?

    Poor kids without a mom now. Sad.

  32. pmilz45 says: Dec 7, 2011 11:09 PM

    Thoughts and prayers to the Johnson family, truly unfortunate. Wish your family peace and justice in this ugly situation.

    And for the people hitting thumbs down on people taking time out of their day to send condolences to a man who just lost a family member, shame on you. You are the lowest of the lowest. You guys are flat-out scum. Grow up..clowns.

  33. tatum064 says: Dec 7, 2011 11:35 PM

    What terrible news on the eve of the most important game of the season. Thoughts and Prayers to the family of Chris Johnson.

    Good luck in Green Bay, circle the wagons and show em what you got – give it all you got, hang close and represent the Raiders with poise, aggression and intensity.

  34. grannyvi4 says: Dec 7, 2011 11:50 PM

    This is a game of football,” Jackson said. “The thing he’s dealing with is a game of life.”

    Uh, no, you dumb a$$. What you should have said is “he’s dealing with life, which is NOT a game.”

  35. riverace19 says: Dec 8, 2011 3:06 AM

    This is a horrible tragedy that honestly is hard to relate to but if you even a shred human how can you not extend yourself towards Mr. Johnson

  36. classygentleman7 says: Dec 8, 2011 3:07 AM

    Its times like these when football is absolutely, 100% irrelevant. Such an awful thing to happen to anybody. He should take as much time as he possibly needs. Best of wishes, Chris. God bless.

  37. therolandobottom says: Dec 8, 2011 4:15 AM

    Raider Nation is with you buddy. Take all the time you need and god bless.

  38. girlslikefootball2 says: Dec 8, 2011 5:18 AM

    Thoughts and prayers are with the Johnson family in this difficult time. I pray they find peace, and swift justice.

    That being said, I truly hope the thumb downs on the comments met to send well wishes to the Johnson family in their time of loss, are a simple mistake. I personally have accidentlly tapped the thumbs down button when I had intended to push the thumbs up. So, I am naive and am going to tell myself that is what the problem is, because I refuse to believe that people can be so cruel and callus to one another. If your intentions were melitious then please come forward and defend your actions and don’t just hide behind a picture of a downward pointed thumb. Or better yet, don’t! We probably don’t want to hear your ingnorant rantings anyway!

  39. EJ says: Dec 8, 2011 7:26 AM

    Sick, now a two year old will grow up without a mother, absolutely sick. WTF is this world coming to?

  40. nflofficeadmin says: Dec 8, 2011 7:38 AM

    Not defending here, but Hue may have been answering a report’s questions about when the team expects Johnson back, which would be a normal question from a sports reporter and Hue, at face value, said he expects him to be back by Sunday. It’s hard to tell without hearing the audio or the question before it.

  41. Raider-in-PA says: Dec 8, 2011 7:48 AM

    Tough break, terrible news for Chris!! God bless him and his family… Hang in there and stay strong CJ37!!

  42. savannahrose44 says: Dec 8, 2011 8:38 AM

    How horrible. I feel so bad for the child who will now have to grow up without a mother. I like to think there is a special hell for people who commit these kinds of crimes. I’m not a Raider fan, but my heart goes out to Chris and his family. No words of comfort can bring Jennifer back, but I hope they may at least be of some comfort to those who survive her.

  43. jimmysee says: Dec 8, 2011 8:59 AM

    Very sorry to hear this terrible news.

    Condolences to Chris and his family.

    The world can be a scary and dangerous place.

  44. comeonnowguys says: Dec 8, 2011 9:00 AM

    PFT should just disable thumbs on posts like this. I get if people go overboard with a religious stance, but there are deity-neutral posts now getting thumbed down.

    OK, that aside, what a terrible thing to have happen.

  45. stevemo says: Dec 8, 2011 9:06 AM

    girlslikefootball2 says: Dec 8, 2011 5:18 AM

    accidentlly… melitious… ingnorant


    “We probably don’t want to hear your ingnorant rantings anyway!”


  46. stevemo says: Dec 8, 2011 9:08 AM

    EJ says: Dec 8, 2011 7:26 AM

    Sick, now a two year old will grow up without a mother, absolutely sick. WTF is this world coming to?


    Yes, because this is the first time THATs ever happened. Here’s a tip: learn some history.

  47. whynotusecommonsense says: Dec 8, 2011 9:11 AM

    Condolences to the Johnson family.

    Now for those criticizing Hue’s comments. Go back and read the story. Do you see quotations around Hue “expecting” Johnson to be back? No you don’t. You see, this is a paraphrase from the author of the article. Most likely the question asked to Hue was something like, do you expect Chris to play on Sunday? Hue probably answered yes, then followed up with the actual quote you see in the article.

    Use your head for something besides a hat rack.

  48. djmoore914 says: Dec 8, 2011 9:33 AM

    Horrible tragedy for him and his family. Prayers go out to them.

  49. sharkcatcher says: Dec 8, 2011 1:22 PM

    Chris Johnson back at Practice.It’s Thursday. Where are all the Hue Jackson Haters at now? Idiots!!

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