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Footballer Larry Johnson ‘Regrets’ Tweeting a ‘Fag’ Storm. So He’ll Likely Keep His Job


Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson came around and said he’s sorry for throwing “fag” all around Twitter and the press. So is America’s leading “applauding” and “condemning” organization content?

GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios initially called for the NFL to severely punish Johnson, 29, for his anti-gay antics. After hearing Johnson’s apology — “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.” — will Barrios let it go?

NOPE! He still wants the NFL and the Chiefs to punish him.

So far, they’re mostly sitting on their hands, “investigating” the matter (read: hoping it blows over). While GLAAD’s Barrios is “continuing to call on the NFL and the Kansas City Chiefs to use this unfortunate incident as a way to educate and start a dialogue with players and fans regarding the dangers of homophobia in sports,” the Chiefs have “said they have told Johnson he would not be allowed to practice with the team or participate in team activities until the matter was resolved, though he has not been suspended,” reports the AP.

Which means Johnson, who “signed a five-year contract extension in 2007 that included $19 million guaranteed and could be worth up to $45 million,” will likely survive this public relations fracas. Because throwing around the F-word still isn’t too terrible.

(NB: Anyone notice the irony of a football player throwing around the word “faggot” while playing for a team that’s arguably heinously offensive to American Indians?)