Athletes sure know how to step in it. While there are folks like Donal Óg Cusack, Brendon Ayanbadejo, and Scott Fujita, there’s also folks like boxer Bernard Hopkins, whose demonstrates his homophobia in front of reporters. Oh, now add Kansas City Chiefs Larry Johnson to that list.
Johnson’s first target was his own coach, Todd Haley, who led the team to Sunday’s 37-7 loss to San Diego. His megaphone? Twitter, of course. Then he started going after his own Twitter followers, saying one “Christopher street boy” had a “fag [profile] pic.” Not surprisingly, Johnson’s Twitter profile went private. (The full tweet: “think bout a clever diss then that wit ur [expletive] pic. Christopher street boy. Is what us east coast cats call u.”)
And because he didn’t learn his lesson — and apparently he doesn’t have wise enough handlers to be all “STFU, Johnson” — he continued the rant on Monday in the locker room. Refusing to speak to the press, he told reporters “I’m not talking till Thursday” and then, whispering, “Get your faggot ass out of here.”
So far, the NFL has been mum about potential reprimands. But Johnson’s record speaks for itself: “Johnson has had four arrests for various degrees of battery since being drafted by the Chiefs in 2003. One charge was pled down, with Johnson serving time in a domestic violence diversion program. A second charge was dropped, while two other charges – including the aforementioned spitting incident – were reduced to disturbing the peace. Johnson received probation for a guilty plea in the latter two charges. The spitting incident resulted in a one-game suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. Prior to serving the league-mandated penalty, Johnson missed the Chiefs’ previous three games for violation of team rules.”