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.”

Comments

  1. princely54 says

    WOW, kudos to the father for being more advanced than his son. We know that usually it’s the other way around. (Unless he’s been coached to say that to appear more enlightened, but that only speaks for the father anyway and wouldn’t really help his caveman son.)

    I like that his father sees the connection between the past and present.

  2. Kirk says

    LJ’s actual comments make it clear he wasn’t just tossing out random insults in all cases. The quoted comment could maybe be played off as a random lashing out at people using a word meant to be demeaning, but he didn’t necessarily mean to slur gays per se. However, one of the Twitter comments referred to a person as a “Christopher Street boy,” a direct reference to the Christopher Street gay pride parade in New York. That shows his conscious effort to call a person gay and to mean it in a demeaning way.

    So, all that being true, why the hell didn’t he include in his “apology” an apology to, you know, gay people? I liked some of the language and the way he avoided using the non-apology of saying “I apologize IF I offended anyone…”. But he very specifically did not apologize to gays after very specifically targeting them in his remarks. The NFL should tack on a week or two.

  3. Zack says

    Chris, the only person on this board using that word is you.

    I’m with Princely54. What a moving comment from Johnson’s father. It’s heartening to see that those who have been discriminated against in one form can use their experiences as a basis for empathy for others. Kudos to Dad.

  4. Christopher says

    Johnson Sr. is the defensive line coach at Penn State and a true stand up guy. Reading the entire article in the Kansas City Star gave me a different take on this whole unfortunate incident. Good stuff.

  5. Paul R says

    Someone needs to tell him to take the punishment and shut up. His handlers don’t seem to understand that dragging this out would be counterproductive, but they’re probably charging him $600K for their “help.”

  6. Tom says

    Dakota needs to be banned from commenting immediately. That’s just disgraceful. He’s probably some plant from a right-wing hate group stirring up animosity. SHAME!!!

  7. John in Boston says

    Dakota Fanning is a thespian? She came out in the National Enquirer.

    Mister I’m a tough-guy running back’s old man sounds like a genuinely cool guy.

    There are men and woman in pro sports, entertainment, business, politics, even the arts, much worse than Larry Johnson. Larry Johnson got the point for now at least.

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