Chief’s Johnson suspended over disparaging remarks, gay slurs

Larry JohnsonKansas City Chiefs starting running back Larry Johnson was issued a two-week suspension Wednesday night for “conduct detrimental to the team.”

Johnson posted disparaging remarks Sunday night on his Twitter page, starting with a remark about Coach Todd Haley’s lack of football playing experience. He later posted a gay slur in response to one of his Twitter followers, and Johnson directed another gay slur Monday morning in the Chiefs’ locker room.

He will not be permitted at team headquarters or allowed to participate in team activities before Nov. 9, the day after the Chiefs play at Jacksonville.

Johnson’s agent, Peter Schaffer, said that an appeal would be filed, and would ask for an expedited hearing.

Johnson had already been barred from the team Tuesday for remarks he made earlier in the week, although that was not a suspension. Johnson will not be paid while suspended, saving the Chiefs about $660,000 in total compensation the next two weeks.

The Chiefs issued a statement Wednesday night announcing Johnson’s suspension, and a spokesman said the team wouldn’t comment further.

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