Larry Johnson Apologizes; Asked To Stay Away

Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson released an apology, through his agent, but was still asked by the team to stay away while the situation is settled.

“First of all, I want to apologize to the fans of the Kansas City Chiefs and the rest of the NFL, Commissioner Goodell, the Chiefs organization, Coach Todd Haley, his staff, and my teammates for the words I used yesterday.  I regret my actions.  The words were used by me in frustration, and they were not appropriate.  I did not intend to offend anyone, but that is no excuse for what I said.

“I also want to apologize to all the kids who view athletes as role models.  I was not a good role model yesterday and hopefully I can become a better role model.  We all make mistakes, and the challenge is to learn from them.  I will do my best to learn from this one as I move toward becoming a better person, teammate, and member of the Kansas City Chiefs team and community.”

The Chiefs statement:

The Kansas City Chiefs and the National Football League are continuing to investigate the alleged comments made by Larry Johnson.  Until that review is complete, the Chiefs have instructed Larry to refrain from practicing with the Chiefs or participating in other team activities.  A decision regarding Larry’s status will be made once the investigation has concluded.

Hard to argue with the Chiefs handling of the situation.  The most important thing is that Larry Johnson never steps on the field — practice or otherwise — as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs.  If the team needs to take some time while figuring out the best way to get to that resolution, I’m all for it.

As for LJ’s apology, it’s too little, too late.  If he would have delivered those words yesterday when the press approached him, maybe I would buy it.  Maybe.  But waiting almost a full two days after your first stupid actions to just have your agent write up an apology for you is a joke.

It’s time for LJ to go.  It’s good to see the team recognizes that and took the first steps towards that goal today.

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