No, we’re not writing about Lionel Ritchie. The subject today is former Nittany Lion All-Everything tailback Larry Johnson, Jr., who finds himself in yet another scrape with the law involving assault on a woman, according to the Kansas City Star. This is the third time in the past five years that he has been arrested for similar offenses; hence, the title of this article.
Is it any wonder that the hopeless NFL Kansas City Chiefs have repeatedly tried to trade their brooding, misunderstood, pain-in-the-ass All-Pro star? And is it any wonder that in spite of Johnson’s size and proven ability on the field, no NFL team has expressed any interest in him? With the trade deadline looming, Johnson has been on the block, but no one cares. Meanwhile, several teams are clamoring to obtain the services of Larry’s teammate, Tony Gonzalez, who requested a trade.
Johnson has repeatedly criticized each of his coaches, just on general principles. Much of the time it relates to how many carries this prima donna is getting. He also criticized his college coach, Joe Paterno, and his first NFL coach, Dick Vermeil, for being old. Since joining the NFL, the big halfback has always viewed the glass as half empty. He pulled the same crap back at Penn State during his college career.
The man known as gran-mama is a study in contrasts with his father, Penn State defensive line coach Larry Johnson, Sr., who is a gentleman and a positive influence.
Johnson, Jr. managed to avoid conviction for his two previous assault charges. I suppose he has enough money to make things happen in his favor. Just a thought.