The Cincinnati Bengals are expected to signed oft-maligned running back Larry Johnson, something I’m incredibly ecstatic about. Just read the comments of the linked article for further proof. Anyway, the biggest contributor to Larry Johnson being released by the Kansas City Chiefs was his childish, homophobic meltdown, courtesy of everybody’s favorite social media site, Twitter. Not only did he accost fans, Johnson also called out his coaches — although, I suspect Jason Whitlock quietly supports LJ’s criticism of first-year coach, Todd Haley. Obviously, Johnson has already shown his abilities as a master social media marketer, something he obviously thought the Bengals would enjoy as well.
What else explains his Facebook status update, found courtesy of Kent Babb’s Twitter? I know — Johnson is simply another fine example of the live and don’t learn motto. Seriously, it’s OK to keep making the same kinds of mistakes that got you cut in the first place, so please, don’t stop know.
Granted, I have no doubt Johnson wants to run over every Chief he sees when they play on December 27, but does he really need to run to Facebook and let the world know, especially now that the folks in KC are watching his every move? Perhaps Johnson should take some lessons from the Bengals’ resident social media expert, Chad Ochocinco.
Sure, Chad engages with fans and opposing players, but there doesn’t seem to be undercurrent of anger Johnson displays in his communications.
Instead of putting potential performance escalators in Johnson’s contract — I’m not even sure if they are apart of his Bengals offer — perhaps Marvin Lewis should simply restrict Johnson from using social media. If he can’t use it correctly, the toy should be taken away. It’s either that, or he can get cut. Again.
H/t to Arrowhead Pride for the Twitter find.