If nothing else you have to give Bengals wide out Chad Johnson credit – he keeps things interesting. Johnson is back in the headlines, as he is going to headline an event titled “Man vs Beast,” in which he will race a 4-year-old colt at a charity event in Cincinnati on June 9th. The event will not only draw a large crowd at River Downs, but will also be simulcast on more than 400 outlets across the country.
The horse will break from inside a starting gate, while Johnson will break from outside the rail, going 11/`6 of a mile to the wire. The story reads that the distances are calculated to create a photo finish. Now no offense to Johnson, who is always looking to have his name in headlines, but don’t you think that it’s these types of stunts that keep Bengals coach Marvin Lewis awake at night?
As if the Bengals don’t have enough problems off the field with keeping players out of the police blotter, now they have to hope that one of their biggest star players doesn’t get hurt in what comes down to nothing more than a stunt. Sure it’s unlikely that Johnson, a great athlete, will come up lame or get injured in the race, but at this point with the Bengals looking to get back to the top of the AFC North – why take the chance?
Can’t Johnson and the Bengals think of better ways to raise money for charity? How about signing 1,000 autographs for $20 apiece? That would be a nice, safe way to make money. Leave the racing t the horses C.J. It’s simply not worth it if something stupid happens.