By Ralph Hipp
It's the bye week, but is this going to be the "bye week" for Larry Johnson to depart the Kansas City Chiefs? Not much chance of that.
Let me explain why.
We're all aware of the Twitter controversy, after some of Larry's tweets we could show on the air, and the others about the media which we could NOT show on the sports. Those f-words have drawn the ire of the NFL and gay groups, and drew a suspension for LJ which I expect will cover the next month through the next game with San Diego.
Chiefs voice Mitch Holthus was in Topeka yesterday, saying Larry's done. Former Chiefs center Tim Grunhard told an audience listening in WHB Radio that Johnson is "addicted to attention.. if no one's talking about him, he creates situations in which people will be talking about him." Boy, that is a very observant remark and is at the heart of his problems with the Chiefs. Instead of letting their anger get the best of them, the Haley/Pioli team is predicted to let Johnson stew on suspension instead of releasing him. Grunhard says for Larry to behave this way then be released.. only to be picked up the Patriots, Cowboys or any team with a chance at making the playoffs would be an insult to the Chiefs and rewarding Johnson's behavior. Behavior that includes remarks from Dick Vermeil that LJ "needs to take off his diapers and play," his incident during Herm's tenure of spitting beer in a woman's face at a Plaza bar.. and now the "twitter debacle" which will mark his 3rd and final strike with the ballclub.
So the smart money is that Larry will disappear, to be released at the end of the season with a much, tougher road to climb back to the top, the middle or the bottom. We'd appreciate your thoughts on what the Chiefs should do with #27.. Ralph