The Tank Johnson situation for the Bears is now history, and where Johnson ends up after his latest run-in with the law is anyone’s guess. Tuesday’s Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that the Bears let Johnson know on Monday that he was being released, and one of his bigger supporters, head coach Lovie Smith, was the one that told him to clean out his locker during a face-to-face at Halas Hall.
”A lot of people in our organization gave extra time and energy to support Tank: players, coaches and our front office,” Smith said in a team release. ”We did our best to establish an environment for him to move forward. Ultimately, Tank needed to live up to his side of the deal.”
Johnson most certainly did not live up to his end of the deal. His latest snafu included being pulled over in Arizona on Friday night at 3:30am for speeding and “being impaired to the slightest degree.” That was enough for Smith and the Bears to realize that they were not going to change Johnson and his ways. Are you listening Tennessee Titans, current employee of Adam “Pacman” Jones?
”We are upset and embarrassed by Tank’s actions last week,” GM Jerry Angelo said in a release. ”He compromised the credibility of our organization.” That is an understatement. The team stood by and supported Johnson during a 60-day stay in jail, as well as all the garbage that goes along with a player that simply cannot stay out of trouble.
Now it’s Johnson that currently sits and waits for a team to call. With the league crackdown on players that simply cannot stay out of the way of the law, Johnson is going to find it very hard to make his way back onto an NFL field anytime soon. He made his own bed, now he has to lie in it. And now maybe the drama for the Bears and the saga of Johnson can finally be put to rest.