Keyshawn Johnson lays down the law on his son

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When he was playing in the NFL, Keyshawn Johnson was never bashful about speaking his mind.

That’s continued in his role as a father, with tough words for his own son as he takes an involuntary break from college football.

Freshman wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson Jr. is taking a leave of absence from Nebraska, after being caught with marijuana in his dorm room in June. He’s now back home in California and may take classes at a junior college this fall.

The elder Johnson said his son needed to “mature” before he went back to Nebraska to continue his career.

Johnson has a close relationship with Cornhuskers coach Mike Riley, who was his offensive coordinator at Southern Cal. And Riley has confirmed the leave of absence for the younger Johnson, who was one of his most celebrated recruits.

“One thing you will not do as my son is you will not embarrass Nebraska, you will not embarrass Mike Riley and you will not embarrass this family,” the elder Johnson said, via Sam McKewon of the Omaha World-Herald. “If you mature and you’re ready to resume your football career and academic goals, then Nebraska will be ready to embrace you.”

The former Jets, Buccaneers, Cowboys, and Panthers wideout said he consulted with Riley and the school’s athletic department. Conspicuously absent from the discussions was Johnson Jr.

“I never asked him,” Johnson Sr. said. “At the end of the day, I don’t think that decision was in his hands. He squandered that decision. He still wants to play football, and he still wants to play for Nebraska. But if you don’t do the things you’re supposed to do, under the guidelines of me, it’s not going to happen. . . .

“You’ve watched — on Instagram, on Facebook, on Twitter — everything’s a big party. You just want to get to college to party, but you don’t understand: You’re playing college football. It’s a business. And it’s a serious business. If you want to become successful — make it to the NFL — you’ve got to embrace it. You’ve got to own it. You don’t make it to the next level by cruising. There’s no cruise control.

“There’s no ‘Mike Riley is good friends with Keyshawn, so his son’s automatically going to play.’ That’s not the game. That’s not why he went to Nebraska. He went there to work his tail off. To have an opportunity to be successful. But when you don’t do that — and you squander that — what are you going to do?”

We’ll see down the line whether the strategy is successful, but it’s clear that Johnson isn’t going to let his son skate by on his name.

45 responses to “Keyshawn Johnson lays down the law on his son

  1. Good for Keyshawn. This generation of parents don’t hold these kids accountable enough, which is in turn culminating into so many entitle brats as adults.

  2. Good for him. Tired of seeing these parents push for their kids to get special treatment when they know good and well their children are making bad decisions and doing the wrong things in life.

  3. Sounds like Keyshawn didn’t realize that his son thought campus was a “safe space”. Bring on the commentors who claim it is legal in several states, does no harm, cures all known diseases, has no bad effect on anything, none of dad’s business, etc.
    Kudos to Keyshawn for trying to teach his son right from wrong, and, that actions have consequences,

  4. Wow. I will admit I was one of the loudest Keyshawn haters, but that is pretty impressive on his part. It’s something we need to see more of from ALL parents (including me), but we rarely do. Well done, Keyshawn.

  5. Never liked Keyshawn, but it’s nice to see someone being a parent to these atheletes.

  6. Keyshawn went from “Just give Me the dam ball” to “my son did what… send his ass home and no I didn’t talk to him about it!” Much respect…

  7. Key Jr. went to multiple high schools which is a red flag. He doesn’t have the talent of a 4 star player if his last name was Smith he would of been a two star at best.

  8. That’s right, Senior is enough of an embarrassment to that family. I’d like to say it’s good parenting, but based on Meyshawn’s reputation, I think it’s about him, not his kid.

  9. Even though Jr. is legally an adult, a father can still teach and can still motivate.

    Well done, dad.

  10. Now Junior has a much better chance to grow up to be a better man, than if he’d have gotten the typical coddling that takes place in these all-too-common situations. Mad respect for KJ Sr., and best of luck to Junior – I hope he “gets it” and turns it around in time to have a great college career.

  11. Interesting. Snoop’s son quit the UCLA football team so he could focus on smoking more pot with dad.

    This country has lost its mind worrying about a plant that will soon be legal in every state.

  12. Keyshawn made plenty of mistakes when he was younger. Most of us did. But that experience makes us want to help our kids from making the same mistakes. Good for him. And as far as weed not being serious or being legal in a lot of places, it doesn’t matter. If the team or school has a rule against it, then you don’t do it. My coworker was fired for a DUI because it made the papers and embarrassed our employer. That’s life. Luckily for this young man it wasn’t a serious offense, and hopefully he can bounce back.

  13. If your kid spills his milk, what do you do, slap him in the head?

    No Moron… clean up his small mess before it becomes a big mess. Which is exactly what Mr. Johnson is doing.

  14. Nice to see such a strong influence. Smoking pot is not a big deal and it’s stupid that the NCAA makes it into such a big deal but those are the current times. He’s trying to keep his son from throwing his career down the drain to smoke a little weed. We all love the stuff but if I had a son that was a college athlete, I’d be setting the same example.

  15. I find this story hard to believe. There’s more to this. What’s to say that the university DOESN’T take him back? Why should he automatically assume you can leave and be reinstated? Oh ya, you have ins at Nebraska and the door is always open. Hard lesson when you can’t just come and go as you please…….not just for a semester punishment.

  16. Wow! Hats off. I know its easy to be shocked knowing this came from Keyshawn (I was) but you have to be impressed. His actions are spot on.

    I think its natural for parents to want their kids to surpass them, to be better and not repeat the same mistakes. Keyshawn had done his job. Let’s see how it pans out.

  17. willycents says:
    Jul 6, 2017 11:40 AM
    Sounds like Keyshawn didn’t realize that his son thought campus was a “safe space”. Bring on the commentors who claim it is legal in several states, does no harm, cures all known diseases, has no bad effect on anything, none of dad’s business, etc.
    Kudos to Keyshawn for trying to teach his son right from wrong, and, that actions have consequences,
    – – – –

    Most of the things you said about MJ are true — it does cure or help with the maintenance of several “diseases”, it does little harm (when compared to sugar, caffeine, alcohol and tobacco), it is legal in several states, and morally, should be legal EVERYWHERE.

    But that doesn’t mean us proponents of MJ think that everyone should use it, recreationally or medically, especially someone who is trying to earn a career in an industry with a decidedly anti-MJ stance. Not everyone who drinks alcohol thinks there are no problems with 18-year-olds drinking.

  18. aopps42 says:
    Jul 6, 2017 3:25 PM

    Much more effective parenting than James Harrison.

    and Ahman Green

  19. too bad he doesn’t play for colorado where it’s legal

    i hope there is more to this then just a little pot, which in the grand scheme of things is not that big of a deal

  20. Jr is 18 and legally an ADULT now, on a full ride scholarship. Sr has no ability to pull his kid from school without the consent of Jr. Everyone that goes to school is going to make some mistakes and he should be punished by coaches/legal system.
    The parental discipline should have been done before this, once they leave the home they need to be treated like adults. Make a mistake and deal with the consequences from coaching/legal. Its called live and learn. Bringing a grown ass man home for a spanking from Dad is not going to make it better. Neither is the public campaign from Dad just to show off what good dad he is. Its an embarrassment, should be handled internally as a family.

  21. genericcommenter says:
    Jul 6, 2017 12:18 PM

    Sounds like a great dad but I’m waiting for the inevitable comments that claim that no matter what he does he can’t be a good parent because of his race.
    Awwww poor baby… Looks like you are wrong. Whiner!

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