Tank Johnson: T.O. & OchoCinco TV Shows Clouded Humble Bengals Players
Here is Tank Johnson “legal bio” according to Wikipedia.
In November 2005, Johnson was arrested at the Excalibur nightclub in Chicago for possession of a handgun in his sport utility vehicle. Illinois law dictates that “It is unlawful to carry or possess any firearm in any vehicle or concealed on or about the person, except on one’s land or in one’s [home] or fixed place of business.” Illinois and Wisconsin are the only U.S. states that do not issue Concealed Carry Permits. Johnson pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge and was sentenced to 18 months probation and 40 hours of community service. On February 12, 2006, Johnson, while still on probation, was charged with aggravated assault and resisting arrest after allegedly verbally threatening a police officer. Johnson was leaving the Level Nightclub on Chicago’s Rush Street when the police officer was ticketing a limousine driver whom Johnson had hired. As Johnson allegedly put up a struggle, he was maced and subdued with the help of other police officers. The charges were eventually dropped.
On December 14, 2006, Lake County police officers searched Johnson’s home in Gurnee, Illinois, and allegedly discovered that he possessed six firearms, including two assault rifles. According to police reports, some of the guns were loaded and there were children in the house. Although Johnson was at football practice during the search, his bodyguard William Posey was arrested from his house for alleged possession of marijuana. Johnson was charged with violation to probation and possessing unlicensed weapons. Bears coach Lovie Smith deactivated Johnson for the following game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers based on this incident.
On December 16, 2006, Johnson’s best friend and bodyguard William Posey was killed in a shooting at the Ice Bar in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. Posey was shot after he was allegedly involved in a fight around midnight. Posey was rushed to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:30am. Posey’s assailant was not apprehended by the police. On December 28, Chicago Police apprehended Michael Selvie, Posey’s alleged assailant. Selvie, a “reputed gang member” has been implicated in over 30 other crimes. However, Selvie’s defense attorney claims that Selvie does not possess a firearm or any gang affiliations. If found guilty, Selvie will face charges of first degree murder.
On December 22, 2006, Cook County Circuit Judge John J. Moran, Jr. (Skokie courthouse, Second District, Cook County, Illinois) placed Johnson on home confinement, preventing him from driving by himself or leaving the state of Illinois. On December 30, 2006, Tank Johnson contacted Gurnee Police Department to file harassment charges. Local youths left a toilet seat with a harassing message on his doorstep. Local news reported that the police did not disclose what the message on the toilet seat said. On February 8, 2007, Johnson entered a guilty plea in Cook County’s Courthouse in Skokie for violating his probation. On February 17, 2007, Johnson’s lawyer contested a Lake County Circuit Court to drop Johnson’s unlicensed weapons charges. His attorney claimed that since Johnson is a resident of Arizona, he does not have to abide to gun registration laws of Illinois. On March 15, 2007, Johnson was sentenced to a 120 days in Cook County Jail and fined $2,500 for violating his probation. Johnson entered a plea of not guilty on 10 counts of possessing a weapon without the proper state-required ID.
On April 30, Johnson pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor weapons charge as part of an arrangement with prosecutors that will keep him from serving additional jail time. He was sentenced to 45 days in jail, which was served concurrently with a four-month sentence he’s already serving in the Cook County Jail for violating his probation; to donate $2,500 to the Gurnee Police Department and $2,500 to the Gurnee Exchange Club’s child abuse prevention program. While he was in jail, many of his teammates and coaches, including Brian Urlacher, Rex Grossman, and Lovie Smith visited Johnson His release from jail on May 13 ended his legal problems from the December 2006 weapons incident. The league ultimately suspended Johnson for half of the regular season on June 4.
On June 22, Johnson was pulled over for speeding in Gilbert, Arizona. According to the police, he was stopped by after driving forty miles per hour in a twenty-five mile per hour zone. He was also suspected of driving while impaired “to the slightest degree”, but was released without being booked or charged. The Bears waived Johnson a few days after hearing the news, as general manager Jerry Angelo stated that he had no room for error left. The incident would prove to be the final straw in his already tense relationship with the Bears’ organization. The Bears ultimately released Johnson on June 25, claiming he “compromised the credibility” of the team.
What cloud would you rather have over your team, a player with extensive criminal history, who is one incident away from being banned from the league or two guys that have spent their offseason doing reality TV?
Secondly, when did humility be determined by what the next man is doing?
Before I answer that here is what Tank Johnson had to say.
“When we got Chad and T.O. coming off their TV circuit right into our training camp, I mean, that just put a big cloud over a bunch of humble guys,” Johnson said on Sirius XM NFL Radio, via NFL.com. “And I’m not saying anything to take away from Chad and T.O.’s offseason adventures, because, hey, if they want you on TV, be on TV, but it just really clouded a bunch of humble guys.”
While Carson Palmer isn’t taping any shows on VH1 this offseason, Johnson worries that Palmer’s retirement drama could have a similar affect on the squad. If Palmer isn’t all in, Johnson wants him out.
“There’s no way that you can bring that kind of energy into the locker room. I mean, if a guy doesn’t want to be there, let him go,” Johnson said.
So if I am humble player and I see T.O. and Ocho riding in the Batmobile that automatically is going to corrupt me? That would only happen to a weak minded individual. What Carson Palmer is doing is completely different from what T.O. and Ocho do in their free time.
Carson Palmer is saying screw you I would rather retire than play for your franchise, while T.O. and Ocho are saying we are going to steal VH1’s money in the offseason.
If you are an observing player which one do you think means more to you? The guy who is quitting on your team or the guys who are dating Twodels on your DirecTV.
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