Chiefs, L.J. Reach Settlement

ESPN.com under the name of Chris Mortensen is reporting Saturday evening that the Chiefs and Larry Johnson have reached a setttlement on his suspension and his appeal will be withdrawn.

Johnson will remain suspended for two weeks, but it will cost him just one weekly paycheck, rather than two. NFL players are paid on a 17-week calendar during the season, so L.J. will be out $267,647, rather than double that amount.

His contract calls for him to receive a per-game bonus of $62,500. Since he won’t be available for the Jacksonville game, he will also lose that money, so his total ticket in money-lost for his use of slurs on his Twitter account and in the team’s locker room will be $330,147.

Under terms of the suspension, Johnson will return to the team on Monday, November 9th, the day after the Chiefs game in Jacksonville.

A settlement was sought by both the NFL and the NFL Players Association. Johnson’s suspension is new territory for the league and players and if the appeal had been heard, the decision of an arbitrator had potential pitfalls for both sides. That was especially crucial at this time when the parties are trying to reach a new collective bargaining agreement.


21 Responses to “Chiefs, L.J. Reach Settlement”

  • October 31, 2009  - findthedr says:

    F#<K LJ and F#<K this team if they make him a starter and he becomes the chiefs all time leading rusher!

    Nobody wants to see him in the chiefs HOF and with the chiefs rushing title over Okoye and HOlmes.


  • October 31, 2009  - DOUBLE D says:

    I agree with you 100%


  • October 31, 2009  - Mad Chief says:

    Personally, I hope he gets sores on his ass from sitting on the bench for the rest of the season. That is, if they don’t de-activate him every game.

    I doubt it will happen that way…but, I’m holding out hope.

    The only thing worse than winning only 7 games in the last two-and-a-half years…is having one of the biggest pricks in the NFL on our team.


  • October 31, 2009  - CK- 30 yrs STH says:

    Just wondering…..do you guys have season tickets?


  • October 31, 2009  - Jim Lloyd+ says:

    MC
    Think that is part of the Reason ?
    When those Linemaen retired there has not been anything but Punting and who has been getting all the hand off’s .
    Watched a lot of College ball today and saw a lot stout running by guy’s 20 to 21 yr’s old .
    This whole deal here is _____________________?
    Describe the mess , what do you do ?
    Question is , Who IS running the SHOW ?


  • October 31, 2009  - Mad Chief says:

    CK- 30 yrs STH says:

    “Just wondering…..do you guys have season tickets?”

    Used to. Had to give them up 2 years ago…couldn’t afford them anymore. Hope to get them again one day.


  • October 31, 2009  - Mark says:

    An independent arbitrator would have laughed the Chiefs out of the room, IMO. I think it would have went something like this. “You’re taking $660,000 from this player for what exactly??? For THAT???? And the fine would have been reduced to maybe $10,000, maybe $25,000, if anything. So it’s a credit to LJ especially, and to his camp, that they were willing to go along with this still outrageous punishment, to put everything behind them. And a credit to Pioli/Hunt/Haley and the Chiefs also, to not dig in their heels to try and make things worse for everybody concerned. Now, lots of the hateful fans are calling for LJ to be deactived for the rest of the games when he comes back. If they do that, I will be severely disappointed in Pioli, Haley.


  • October 31, 2009  - Jim Lloyd+ says:

    CK-30 yrs
    Do you think it’s colder in the winter than it is in the city ?


  • October 31, 2009  - Mad Chief says:

    Mark says:
    ” Now, lots of the hateful fans are calling for LJ to be deactived for the rest of the games when he comes back. If they do that, I will be severely disappointed in Pioli, Haley.”

    And if they play him like nothing happened? I’ll be the one who’s “severely disappointed”. I guess we’ll find out.


  • November 1, 2009  - Behind Enemy Lines says:

    Mark,
    I’m not sure about anyone else, but I’m not going to give any credit to LJ for anything besides being a child who consistently makes the Chiefs look bad by throwing ridiculous temper tantrums and getting into trouble with the law. LJ and “his camp” think this is a fair resolution…that’s why they’re signing off on it. They aren’t taking one for the team.


  • November 1, 2009  - el cid says:

    LMAO, LJ took on the coach and the organization and ran over their collective arses (probably the best and only HARD run this year). Does this mean that the Pioli/Haley ATTITUDE CHANGE is going full blast. Looks like they are wearing the clown suits today, The Hunt family do not waste money even if it could have positively effected the team. In two weeks LJ will be back with 15/16 of his money and the two crackers will be jumping.
    PS when has LJ ever been about anything other than LJ. Hope you all will still be setting in the stadium when he gets his name printed for being the ALL TIME LEADING RUSHER. LMAO


  • November 1, 2009  - David Henderson says:

    The only thing LJ was worried about is the money, he didnt want to come back and play for free, no he just wanted part of his money back! What a ridiculous waste of cap space on this guy. I personally apologize to Jared Allen, what could have been if we had that guy instead of LJ! Thanks Carl P. I wonder how many years it will take to rub his fingerprints off the CHIEFS>>>>>>>>>


  • November 1, 2009  - Mark says:

    LJ and his camp gave the Chiefs a HUGE break. If this went to arbitration, the Chiefs would have been laughed out of the room. There also would have been un-needed acrimony. The Chiefs knewthis, so they saved face by taking the most generous offer from LJ and his camp.
    Of course they should treat it as nothing happened when LJ comes back. Nothing did happen, except a massively overblown story.


  • November 1, 2009  - CK- 30 yrs STH says:

    Mark-
    I completely agree with you. Great post.

    Mad Chief-
    Get back to me when you make the commitment again.

    Jim lloyd-
    Now your posts here make more sense. I hope things get better for you.

    Go Chiefs!


  • November 1, 2009  - el cid says:

    Correct, Mark. Assuming LJ can fall forward for a yard at a time over the rest of this season, Kansas City will be privileged to have LJ as the face of the “proud” Chiefs for the next 10 years because he only needs 75 yard to be the all time rushing leader. I will love all the LJ haters cheering him into the ring of honor. Carl must be laughing his ass off, I know I am.


  • November 1, 2009  - ED says:

    El cid shut up. You are a Broncso fan anyways what are you doing on here. You don’t see us on Broncos websites. Either way organization just needs to do what they fill is best for the team. Whether they just deactivate the guy for the rest of the season, release him, or allow him to come back. Whatever they fill is best for the team I’m cool with. As for el cid I see you on ESPN blogs bragging about the Broncos what are you even doing on here Donkey lover.


  • November 1, 2009  - el cid says:

    One thing that is nice about bloggers, no one sees their faces. Right Ed. I have never seen a ESPN blog. I have season tickets to theChiefs but mostly sell the tickets. I was in the Wolfpack in old Mun. Stadium. So kiss my ass. You be cool and what this team get worse every outing and BE COOL WITH IT.


  • November 1, 2009  - David Henderson says:

    ALL YOU GUYS THAT SUPPORT THE lj DECISION S MY BALLS. Thats a very sweaty and stinky mouthful you P.O.S apes!!!!!! Who cares about arbitration and that bullcrap this is about right and wrong, LJ sucks and is not right for the team. Go ahead and keep supporting him when you have enough money for tickets I dont. I guess my opinion doesnt matter, no money. Time to take up arms, just like current [political situation]


  • November 1, 2009  - ED says:

    yeah el cid i bet you are a season ticket holder to the Broncos. Whats the odd you and someone else having an exact and unique blog name el cid. You’re a donkey lover and for some strange reason you’re on a Chiefs blog bashing the Chiefs consistently. Not one time have I heard you say anything positive about the team. You’re always negative and I know you’re the same guy on those blogs because your opinion are just as off the wall.


  • November 1, 2009  - arrowhead1978 says:

    Well I was happy to see this weekend come, I dont have to watch the chiefs lose…


  • November 2, 2009  - Mark says:

    You’re right David. it was about right and wrong, and it was absolutely WRONG for the Chiefs to suspend LJ and try to take away $660,000 from him, for simple idiotic twitter tweets and insulting a reporter or 2. COMPLETELY wrong and overblown. Of course, if you hate LJ and everything about him, then even him breathing should force the Chiefs to suspend him, fine him, and cut him, right?




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