Report: Court records accuse Chris Johnson of involvement in murder-for-hire plot

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The Tiger King could eventually have some company. (Unless he’s pardoned.)

TMZ.com reports that court documents accuse former NFL running back Chris Johnson in a murder-for-hire plot that resulted in the shooting deaths of two men in 2016.

Johnson hasn’t been charged with anything, and TMZ.com doesn’t explain the nature, type, or context of the court documents containing the allegations.

The incident traces back to March 2015, when Johnson was shot in the shoulder in what allegedly was a gang-related effort to kill him. In two separate incidents in 2016, the two men who were believed to be the shooters in March 2015 were shot and killed by Dominic Bolden, who as the apparent argument goes committed the crimes at Johnson ‘s behest.

Again, no charges have been filed, and TMZ.com provides no detail regarding the court documents in which the allegations appear. Johnson strongly denies the allegations, which deserves to be noted no matter how predictable the denial may be.

Johnson spent 10 seasons in the NFL with the Titans, Jets, and Cardinals. In 2009, he rushed for 2,006 yards, one of only seven players in league history to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a single season. Johnson currently ranks No. 35 on the all-time rushing list, with 9,561 yards.

11 responses to “Report: Court records accuse Chris Johnson of involvement in murder-for-hire plot

  1. I’m surprised, he always seemed like a well read, intelligent person that surrounded himself with good people..

  2. So, what prompted this story? Well, it turns out that Dominic Bolden his own sweet self was murdered in Orlando in January this year. Funny how these things so often go the same way.

  3. Oh well. If someone shot and tried to kill me I’d be looking for revenge too. Chris just had the actual means to make it happen. I aint mad at him

  4. The type of “court documents” that the article refers to need to be noted. This is the reason that TMZ is not considered journalism. Granted, they can dig up useful stuff every now and again, but “court documents” could mean a WIDE range of things.

    Remember when Shaun King accused Peyton Manning of molesting a trainer at Tennessee because “court documents” showed that he had done it? Turned out, those “court documents” were just the Complaint filed by the plaintiff in a civil case, and hardly the evidence that King pushed in the news, where he made it sound as if verifiable information was hidden by the courts.

    Don’t get me wrong-I’m not defending or accusing Johnson. He may have done it, he may not have. But it’s a tad irresponsible when outlets like TMZ throw around the words “court documents” as if a document being filed in court somehow makes it evidence. A court document could be anything from a summary judgement for damages from the court itself to a statement by the plaintiff that the defendant is a liar.

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