Larry Johnson to Appeal One-Game Suspension for ‘Faggot’ Slur

Kansas City chiefs running back Larry Johnson received a two-week suspension (which actually only amounts to a one-game suspension) for telling two members of the media to "get your faggot asses out of here" in the locker room on Monday. Johnson directed similar language at a fan on Twitter.

The AP reports: Johnsonlarry "Agent Peter Schaffer said the game check and other lost revenue
would amount to about a penalty of about $600,000 for the former
two-time Pro Bowl player. In a three-sentence release, the Chiefs
said Johnson would be suspended until Monday, Nov. 9 for conduct
detrimental to the team. The Chiefs are on their bye week and will not
play again until traveling to Jacksonville on Nov. 8."

Schaffer says they will appeal the punishment: "We will be filing an appeal on behalf of Larry tomorrow. While we respect the Chiefs' ability to try
to discipline a player, we disagree and respectfully disagree that the
punishment they propose is warranted by the facts or allowable by the
collective bargaining agreement. Hopefully, we will be able to work out
a mutual and positive resolution with the Chiefs short of a hearing. If
we don't, then this will go to an arbitrator."

Johnson's father told the Kansas City Star that he was hurt by his son's behavior, saying "he remembers his childhood in the Jim Crow South and understands the daggers of inequality and the tarnish of discrimination." Said the elder Johnson: “That’s just not who we are and not what we believe. It’s not how he was raised. It’s tough for me as a father.”