We all know that former Bears Tank Johnson got released recently on a “driving while impaired” charge in Arizona. We also know that Johnson served jail time on weapon charges predating the Arizona incident. But as Paul Harvey of radio fame succintly put it, there’s “the rest of the story”.
Johnson said a while back that “I will move on to look at another opportunity with another NFL team and make the most of the opportunity when it comes.” While that’s all well and good, it appears that none of the other teams in the National Football League want to take a chance on Johnson. And in my opinion, with good reason. Consider this – if the Bears had waived Johnson wrongly, then some team would’ve considered him. Just the fact that no team has expressed any interest in him infers that Johnson had some lack of respect of the Bears’ coaches and his refusal to follow team rules and regulations.
As of right now, Johnson has an eight-game suspension hanging over him; the problem is that he cannot serve the suspension until he is on a NFL roster. That alone makes it highly probable that Johnson will not play football this season. With the crazy amount of money that NFL players make in this day and age, one would think that they would show some restraint and common sense in their off-the-field activities. But this calendar year has been a banner year for the NFL. With Pacman Jones and Michael Vick being the poster children for “NFL Athletes Gone Bad”, Johnson’s mishaps only add to the stigma that law-abiding NFL players have to put up with, which is unfortunate.