Whaddya know. We found a sportswriter not beholden to a ride in an escalade and a night at the club with an athlete. Fox Sport’s Ian O’Connor lays out the air tight case against Tank Johnson being permitted to play in the Super Bowl.
Quick! Name one other sports outlet telling you that not only was Tank arrested for pot and 550 rounds of ammo…but that it was a probation violation!
Look at this quote:
Johnson has been arrested three times in the last 18 months, and police have reportedly been called to his home anywhere between 10 and 20 times for one disturbance or another.
In December, Johnson allegedly violated his probation when police found marijuana, some 550 rounds of ammunition, and six guns and rifles in a raid of his home. Johnson’s three-year-old and one-year-old daughters were present at the start of the raid, right there with the alleged stash of weapons and drugs.
This followed a February incident outside a Chicago nightclub, where a police officer trying to issue a ticket to Johnson’s limousine driver ended up in a physical confrontation with the football player, who reportedly told the officer, “You ain’t the only one with a Glock. If it wasn’t for your gun and your badge, I’d kick your [butt].”
The cop used mace and the help of other officers to subdue Johnson; the charges were eventually dropped when the arresting officer declined to pursue the case. Three months before that incident, Johnson was sentenced to 18 months’ probation and 40 hours of community service on a misdemeanor gun rap.
Atta boy, Ian! We need more sportswriters willing to call out everything shoddy, unfair and downright seedy in the world of sports. These athletes make millions of dollars and walk around like kings and can’t even be bothered to think about doing the right thing. Do the right thing? ha! They like to wave at those moments as they pass by.
This is even worse than when former Atlanta-area Judge Gino Brogdon gave a Bill Clinton like pardon to Reuben Houston to play for Georgia Tech against Miami after the school kicked him off the team for allegedly trafficking marijuana. Ga. Tech upset the ‘Canes 14-6 and ended their national championship hopes. It was one of the last things Brogdon ever did before he retired to private practice, and hey, who’s gonna call him on it? Ga. Tech? Fans?
Maybe Judge John J. Moran of Cook County should have a beer with Brodgon. They could clink glasses, toast their role in their respective team’s victory, say “all hail Lord Football” and lay a wreath at the grave of “justice for all, high and low, or it’s not justice for all.”
But if it was your son or daughter and they weren’t a football player, they’d swing. You know it. Trip to Miami, even if it’s for work? Don’t make me laugh.