Speaking of Larry Johnson — he pleaded guilty earlier today to disturbing the peace — he has a grievance hearing Wednesday with the Chiefs to determine if he should be able to collect the payments of $3.5 million this year and $250,000 next year his contract calls for whether he plays for them or not. The Chiefs claim Johnson’s one game suspension last season for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy is a breach of their contract and they should be freed from having to deliver those payments. Johnson and his agent, obviously, disagree.
According to Adam Teicher at the Kansas City Star, the hearing could determine if Johnson plays for the Chiefs this season. A source tells him the Chiefs would not go through all this trouble if it was not with the intention of releasing him.
An even more interesting note in the story is that Johnson’s agent, Peter Schaffer, said the running back would be in attendance Monday when the Chiefs begin their offseason conditioning program:
“He’s a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, so he’s doing everything in his power to help the Chiefs win the Super Bowl. So he will be there.”
To say I’m surprised Johnson will be at the offseason conditioning program Monday is a vast understatement. And truth be told, just as I have my doubts he will complete his probation without issue, I’m not so sure he will actually show up come next week.