Tired of Issues; Bears Waive Tank Johnson

Finally fed up with his off the field actions, the Bears took swift action on Monday, waiving defensive tackle Tank Johnson. The latest issue with Johnson took place on Friday, as he was stopped for speeding in Arizona, and was cited for “being impaired to the slightest degree,” according to the Chicago Tribune.

Bears GM Jerry Angelo stated the following about Johnson’s release. “We are upset and embarrassed by Tank’s actions last week,” Angelo said. “He compromised the credibility of our organization. We made it clear to him that he had no room for error. Our goal was to help someone through a difficult period in his life, but the effort needs to come from both sides. It didn’t, and we have decided to move on.”

Johnson already was suspended for the first 8 games this season after he voilated the NFL’s personal conduct policy. He was sentenced to 120 days in jail on March 15th after voilating a gun charge in 2005. He was released after 60 days for good behavior.

Back in December of 2006, Johnson was arrested on misdemeanor weapons charges after police raided his home and found several guns. The raid resulted in six misdemeanor counts of possession of a firearm without a firearm owner’s ID card. The Bears and Johnson seemed to be back to getting along until the latest over the weekend. It appeared that the team was going to allow the DT back to the team once the suspension was over. No that chance has been tossed out the window by yet another stupid act.

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One Response to “Tired of Issues; Bears Waive Tank Johnson”

  1. Goodell is making it a lot easier for teams to release these guys. Can you remember one instance where an organization got rid of a player for being “impaired to the slightest degree?” Actually, this latest run-in sounds extremely minor, but when you have a past history and you’re already scheduled to miss the first 8 games, you’re not going to get the benefit of the doubt.