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Chad Johnson may not face discipline until he’s signed

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Now that free-agent receiver Chad Johnson has pleaded no contest to charges of domestic violence, Johnson is subject to discipline under the personal-conduct policy.

But a source with knowledge of the procedure explains to PFT that Johnson likely won’t be disciplined until he returns to the NFL.

That said, if a team is interested in signing him and wants to know if he is facing a suspension, a decision could be made prior to Johnson signing a contract.

If Johnson had been issued a suspension before he was cut by the Dolphins, he could have served the suspension while unemployed.  Not that he’s unemployed but has yet to be officially suspended, the league apparently isn’t inclined to suspend him until he has a team.

Regardless of how it all plays out, the current posture could make it harder for Johnson to get a job with another NFL team.  Since he’s still a member of the union, he should push the league to issue a punishment regardless of whether he’s on a team, so that if he’s suspended he can serve it before, not after, he signs a contract.

That said, it’s not clear Johnson would even be suspended.  The policy primarily is aimed at addressing repeat offenders.  Johnson is a first-time offender.  Given the nature of the offense, however, the NFL could decide to take action.

Either way, it would be fair to Johnson to make the decision as soon as possible, so that he and any interested teams will know his status.

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22 Responses to “Chad Johnson may not face discipline until he’s signed”
  1. dangcote says: Sep 21, 2012 2:34 PM

    The league should remember that he committed the offence while he was a member of an orgainization, and that it probably had something to do with him being released. (Something with, not picking up the plays probably had something to do with it too.) Anyway he should be able to serve his supension now if he has one.

  2. cletusvandam says: Sep 21, 2012 2:34 PM

    I thought this was his second offense?

  3. nfloracle says: Sep 21, 2012 2:34 PM

    I don’t think Chad needs any more lessons to be taught to him, so hopefully School Master Goodell would skip a suspension and let the poor guy play on the off chance that another team gives him a shot.

  4. neemdaddy13 says: Sep 21, 2012 2:36 PM

    That’s good because he won’t ever be signed again. He just does not get what being on a team consists of, no more me.

  5. realitypolice says: Sep 21, 2012 2:38 PM

    Well, that won’t be a problem.

  6. 28skins28 says: Sep 21, 2012 2:44 PM

    It’s really not right how the NFL does these suspensions of unemployed players.

    If the fact that the player is facing a possible suspension is enough to keep a team from giving him a shot then the suspension can be indefinite and possibly career ending, as may be the case with Johnson.

    They should just suspend him and that would prevent a team from signing him as is intended and then when its up he is free to sign with any team.

    If they think suspending an unemployed player is not enough of a punishment then add a few more games than you normaly would have.

  7. contrarianjon says: Sep 21, 2012 2:49 PM

    I don’t understand the media focus on this guy

  8. lunarpie says: Sep 21, 2012 2:54 PM

    They should simply suspend him for 3 games so teams know about it. Hopefully, no one signs him and his career is over. Chad has been nothing but a headache for the NFL.

  9. pooflingingmonkey says: Sep 21, 2012 3:00 PM

    I don’t think this will be an issue. He’s done.

  10. shlort says: Sep 21, 2012 3:07 PM

    No discipline for Chad then. He might have a little left in the tank, but he has a mouth and ego way bigger than his talent. Those ingredients equal— DONE in the NFL.

  11. mikebrownfaux says: Sep 21, 2012 3:10 PM

    Seriously, If I could have any receiver in his prime I would be hard to trade Chad 2002-2006. Four Consecutive AFC Receiving Titles. From 2002-2006 there was only one NFC Winner in the SB. The AFC was the tougher Conference & Chad won the receiving title EVERY YEAR in the AFC. That’s pretty damn impressive.

  12. cereal blogger says: Sep 21, 2012 3:15 PM

    So the NFL wants to punish guys they dont employ now ? Oh dear

  13. frenzy95 says: Sep 21, 2012 3:20 PM

    I actually miss the who can cover 85 chart he used to keep. I also found it funny when he sent the DBs for my Browns a care package of pepto bismol because they were going to be sick of trying to cover him.

  14. armchairqb says: Sep 21, 2012 3:23 PM

    So … I guess that means he won’t face any discipline, because it doesn’t look like he’ll ever play again.

  15. vincentbojackson says: Sep 21, 2012 3:29 PM

    mikebrownfaux says:

    If I could have any receiver in his prime I would be hard to trade Chad 2002-2006. Four Consecutive AFC Receiving Titles. The AFC was the tougher Conference & Chad won the receiving title EVERY YEAR in the AFC. That’s pretty damn impressive.
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    Great! He never won a playoff game during that stretch and will forever be remembered as a clown that wasted the talent he was blessed with. The personal accolades that you list are meaningless in a team game.

  16. mogogo1 says: Sep 21, 2012 3:42 PM

    Actions have consequences and he’s going to really feel it this time. Odds of anybody being so interested they’d sign him in midseason knowing it’d be a few games prior to his being able to play are nil.

  17. cow395 says: Sep 21, 2012 3:44 PM

    He’s done i don’t see anything left

  18. mazblast says: Sep 21, 2012 4:07 PM

    I actually miss the who can cover 85 chart he used to keep. I also found it funny when he sent the DBs for my Browns a care package of pepto bismol because they were going to be sick of trying to cover him.
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    IIRC they did pretty well shut him down that time, and the Browns actually won the game. It was one of many times Chad talked the talk and didn’t walk the walk. Funny how he had little to say in situations like that.

    As my high school’s football coach used to tell mouthy players, “If you’re better, shut up and prove it; if you’re not, just shut up because you’ve got nothing to say.” Or as Mike Brown’s daddy Paul used to say about end zone celebrations, “Act like you’ve been there before.”

  19. hrdcorbengalsfan says: Sep 21, 2012 4:19 PM

    People who don’t know him still keep yapping. All you haters ever make a BIG mistake? We’re you stripped of everything the way you want Chad to be? Get over it!

  20. sdills83 says: Sep 21, 2012 5:12 PM

    I didn’t realize the ocho still played in Cinci, nice pic up there.

  21. mikebrownfaux says: Sep 21, 2012 5:34 PM

    Great! He never won a playoff game during that stretch and will forever be remembered as a clown that wasted the talent he was blessed with. The personal accolades that you list are meaningless in a team game.

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    By your way of thinking, they’re a lot of guys that shouldn’t be in the HOF then. Guys like Barry Sanders and Dan Marino. I think it’s a little ridiculous for people like you to completely ignore personal accomplishments. IT is a team game, therefor one can only be as good as his team. Unfortunately for Chad the cards he was dealt was the Cincinnati Bengals. I think he played his hand pretty well considering.

  22. covercorner says: Sep 21, 2012 8:09 PM

    It’s unfair to hold Johnson hostage and refuse to suspend him until he is signed. Unsigned players can serve suspensions while unsigned.

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