Chiefs Officially Dump Larry Johnson
The career rushing record for the Kansas City Chiefs is once again safe from the clutches of self-inflicted punching bag, Larry Johnson, after he was told his meager services would no longer be needed. Johnson’s release brings an end to the running back’s star-crossed stay in Kansas City, one that began with him being called a baby by then head coach Dick Vermeil and ended with Johnson pathetic use of homophobic slurs on Twitter after being accosted by disappointed fans.
While Johnson did everything in his power to hasten his departure, it will be hard not to look back on his tenure and wonder what could’ve been. What could’ve been if Johnson was as committed to being great as he was enjoying the Kansas City nightlife, a pleasure that proved to be just as painful as it was enjoyable. For more on that, just take a look at Johnson’s police blotter.
Johnson has been arrested four times since 2003 on various assault charges against women. In 2003, he was arrested for felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor domestic battery for waving a gun at his then-girlfriend, during an argument at his home. The charges were dropped when Johnson agreed to participate in a domestic violence diversion program. In 2005, he was again arrested for assault when a woman accused Johnson of pushing her to the ground, but the case was dropped after the alleged victim failed to appear in court for three different hearings.
His third arrest for assault came on February 24, 2008, after allegedly pushing a woman’s head at a nightclub on February 24. On October 10, 2008, Johnson was arrested for the fourth time and charged with one count of non-aggravated assault for allegedly spitting a drink in a woman’s face at a Kansas City nightclub on Oct. 11…
As I was saying, Larry “The Roc” Johnson will go down as a “what could’ve been” player. Unfortunately for Johnson — besides the legal and social media-related trouble — after two brilliant seasons in 2005 and 2006, he’s been awfully pedestrian. In fact, besides those two years of glory, Johnson never cracked the thousand-yard rushing mark again, making one wonder why he was kept around. Obviously, Herm Edwards and his current successors had dreams of 1700-yard seasons dancing in their collective heads.
Alas, Johnson apparently could not or wasn’t interested in reproducing those kinds of results.
And so, this brings a close to Johnson’s once-promising career with the Chiefs, a fact petition-happy KC fans will certainly enjoy. With that in mind, allow me to say “so long, Larry.” Hopefully, the Chiefs can find someone as interesting to replace you. With Jared Allen, and now you gone, the Chiefs are now devoid of interesting personalities — unless Todd Haley is considered a suitable replacement.