Twitter Dee, Twitter Dumb

From the Truman Sports Complex

Put Larry Johnson and Jamaal Charles into a room, hand them a standardized test and put them on the clock and there’s no doubt who would answer the most questions in the shortest amount of time and achieve the highest score.

That would be Johnson.

But on Monday, Charles showed he’s a lot smarter and brighter than his teammate. During the Chiefs open locker room period the second-year running back was asked about the Twitter comments of his teammate that sound like blasts of head coach Todd Haley and his lack of a background in playing football.

Charles doesn’t always do the right thing on the football field – see the blocked punt by San Diego on Sunday – but on this day in the locker room, he handled things a lot smarter than Johnson did Sunday night.

“I’m staying away from that,” said Charles. “I’m just going out there and playing, I’m not getting caught up in that.”

Does it bother Charles that Haley did not play football in college or the pros?

“I’m just going out there and playing football,” said Charles. “I don’t care if Coach Haley ever played football.”

For those who do not deal with Twitter, here’s what was posted on L.J.’s twitter account on Sunday evening after the Chiefs 37-7 loss to the Chargers:

“My father got more credentials than most of these pro coaches. Google my father!!!!!!!”

Then a second tweet: “My father played for the coach from ‘rememeber the titans.’ Our coach played golf. My father played for redskins briefley. Our coach. Nuthn.” 

Now, there is plenty of stuff posted on Twitter than turns out to be bogus. Former Chiefs President-GM Carl Peterson had a Twitter page back in the spring. Turns out Peterson knew nothing about it and eventually it was closed down.

But Johnson’s attitude upon his arrival in the locker room Monday was a pretty good indication that he was the tweeting party. He refused to speak on the matter and used a slur to verbally chase away the media. His agent confirmed that Johnson was the tweeter. It’s safe to say that Johnson did shoot off his twitter.

Haley said late Monday afternoon that the organization was looking into matters involving Johnson and his comments and his Twitter page. But Johnson’s page on Twitter has been made private, meaning people can see it only if they are allowed access.

Listen, there’s no doubt that Johnson is frustrated by what’s going on with this team. Publicly at least, he’s been drinking the Pioli/Haley Kool-Aid from day one. Privately, he worked his butt off to conform to what the new regime wanted in the way of conditioning and approach. He’s often talked about how much better things are with the new folks in charge.

But his miserable rushing performance in seven games and a 1-6 record created a volcano of frustration that Johnson was unable to hold. Thus the lava spewed.

In the big picture, this is no big deal; a player is frustrated with losing. That’s no surprise. He takes his anger out on the head coach. That’s no surprise either. Better the head coach than his teammates.

What makes it a big deal is what happens next. How does Todd Haley respond? How does Johnson handle things going forward? Will he continue to work hard and do what he’s asked? Or, will he become that sulking RB we saw last year before he was suspended by the Chiefs?

Was this just another case of Larry’s inability to handle his emotions, or is he representative of the thinking right now in the Chiefs locker room?

There will be much more to twitter on this subject.

30 Responses to “Twitter Dee, Twitter Dumb”

  • October 26, 2009  - Mad Chief says:

    LJ is a classless individual. The sooner he’s gone, the better. I don’t think he’s worthy enough to ever put on a Chiefs uniform again, personally.

    Pioli and Haley have said repeatedly that they want “certain types of players” and only want players on the team that WANT to Chiefs. It’s time to prove it.

    And to answer your question, Jason…yes, I think it will be sad to have LJ hold the Chiefs rushing record.

  • October 26, 2009  - Joebird Jackson says:

    Is it a black eye? No, but LJ doesn’t deserve it. LJ has never been a real “Chief.” He was upset when Vermeil told him to take off his diapers and hasn’t ever recovered. We should have traded LJ and not Jared Allen

  • October 26, 2009  - MDChief says:

    We couldn’t have traded LJ-nobody wanted him. Huge contract, poor results. Bring on Kolbe.

  • October 26, 2009  - Tenand6 says:

    If LJ was a man, he would have called out his O line, too. What the hell does Haley have to do with blocking?

    LJ is over. He’s trying to lay blame on someone else which is what little boys in diapers do.

    When the going gets tough, LJ blames the coach— on Twitter. LJ would never hold himself accountable. That’s what a man would do. And LJ doesn’t take Haley on with substance, but with a B.S. non-sequitor about playing football and good coaching— as if Herm was a great coach because he played in the league. If playing in the NFL was the key to being a good coach, then Terry Bradshaw would be coaching the Steelers.

    Judgment and wisdom are the result of a balance of IQ and maturity. LJ may be a very bright man, but his immaturity is so great he has very poor judgment.

    Too bad. Hope the door doesn’t hit him in the ass on the way out. It didn’t have to end this way.

  • October 26, 2009  - arrowhead1978 says:

    i think its the perfect dig on Haley, he runs around yelling at the players, dont forget the players are grown men, not children. How much could you take?

    Lets say your boss was fired and your at work, the new guy comes in and starts yelling at you to work harder, when all along you have been doing your job decent, yet this guy is a blowhard and wants you to do things his way not the way you have done it for years. then you start seeing guys that have been at your place of employment for the entire time you have been there getting canned, he is still yelling, things aren’t getting better at work. The products sold or whatever are not going up and still more yelling, at what point would you say screw this and stop actually working hard for this guy?? It looks like to me about 7 weeks… I think he has lost his work force!!!

  • October 26, 2009  - arrowhead1978 says:

    actually on top of that you find out the blowhard has no actual experience in doing what your doing, so most likely you dont have any respect for the doosch in the first place.

  • October 26, 2009  - Mad Chief says:

    Maybe we’re seeing why the O-line doesn’t block for LJ. I wouldn’t block for that d-bag, either.

  • October 26, 2009  - Randy says:

    LJ CANNOT be allowed to play again or break Priest’s record. To allow him to do so will undermine the organization, and slap a great player in the face.

  • October 26, 2009  - MattMc44 says:

    Bob – You fail to mention two things I believe are important to this LJ situation. 1) Haley has supported him very publicly since training camp and LJ definitely ‘threw him under the bus.’ 2) Whatever you think of the slur ‘fag’ or ‘faggot’ the Chiefs now have a PR issue.

    You just can’t do/say that as a publc figure in today’s society without some reprecussion whether just or unjust.

    Finally, what’s the old adage? ‘Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice…’ As a lifelong Chiefs fan I have no problem thinking it is time for #27 to move on.

    I honestly think Clark Hunt will say the same. Negative media based on play is bad enough … negative media repeated over and over based upon one player’s issues, well…

  • October 26, 2009  - Mad Chief says:

    All fine and good, arrowhead1978. I don’t know about you guys, but if I talked “smack” on my boss publicly…I’d be effing fired. Period. And I wouldn’t blame him a bit. It’s one thing to bitch about your boss to a co-worker…but to put it out there publicly like that? Bad idea.

    If LJ had a problem with Haley, he should have done it man-to-man behind closed doors. And using the gay slurs just shows his ignorance.

  • October 26, 2009  - el cid says:

    Why all the outrage about LJ? He has not changed much since he got here. Did anyone forget how he felt he would do better under a black HC? Guess so. I doubt anything gets done publicly because since Chan’s firing, the management have not made a lot of “good” moves, interesting but not good moves.

  • October 26, 2009  - Aaron says:

    If I was Jamaal Charles I would NOT be flattered by this article Bob. You kind of took a low blow at him saying an immature homophobe is smarter than him. Is Jamaal really stupid? Judging by a lot of his plays on the field it certainly wouldn’t discredit that statement..

  • October 26, 2009  - jonsey says:

    I’ll give you another huge contract no results example there MD Chief. His name is Ca$$el as Rin is fond of writing.

  • October 26, 2009  - Don in Wichita says:

    The old LJ is back. All that’s missing is some spit. We all had hoped he had changed but alas no…Instead of a leader he choses to be a pain. Fine. Thanks for tipping your hand. Can’t rush much anymore either. Time for the return of the thug outfit and a trip back to Vegas. Time for a chemo treatment for this cancer.

  • October 26, 2009  - Jody says:

    Haley needs to thank LJ he took attention away from that 37-7 route.

  • October 26, 2009  - arrowhead1978 says:

    Yea on the other hand you are correct he should have kept it to himself. Like a dog he has bit the hand that feeds him, I wonder if there will be any changes though because of this…

  • October 26, 2009  - Mad Chief says:

    jonsey says:

    “I’ll give you another huge contract no results example there MD Chief. His name is Ca$$el”

    Cassel has had six games to prove himself worth the money. How long has Larry Johnson had?

  • October 26, 2009  - Mad Chief says:

    arrowhead1978 says:

    “I wonder if there will be any changes though because of this…”

    I certainly hope so. Besides mouthing his coach and the public homophobic slurs…LJ hasn’t done a damn thing on the field this year. One way or another, it’s time for someone different at RB for the Chiefs.

    Personally, I hope LJ gets suspended, benched, or cut. Pioli and Haley have said they only want guys here that “want to be Chiefs”. Time to put their money where there mouth is.

  • October 26, 2009  - Mad Chief says:

    Jody says:

    “Haley needs to thank LJ he took attention away from that 37-7 route.”

    And LJ should thank Haley for being in his “corner” from day one. Haley has had nothing but positive things to say about LJ since he got here. And Haley has stuck with LJ in the game plan, even though he hasn’t done jack sh*t on the field. If it wasn’t for Haley, I’m quite sure LJ would have been cut before the season started…and not gotten his last big payday. So, let get real here.

  • October 26, 2009  - findthedr says:

    “In the big picture, this is no big deal”

    Completely disagree with you Mr. Gretz. Its obvious to myself, and most everyone else that this is a big deal.

    He not only said negative things about his head coach, but he said negative thing to the fans. For every action there is a reaction.

    The reaction from the fans is clear: We dont want LJ anymore, and we dont want him to the chiefs all time leading rusher.

  • October 26, 2009  - BinSC says:


    You talk as if LJ will certainly remain on the team and Haley will have to deal with him. This isn’t about his “tweets” on Haley any longer. LJ escalated this beyong that with the slurs. This will be an NFL and a team problem. My bet is that he is suspended without pay for 4 games and then released, if not released outright. This team has enough PR issues and now GLAAD is petitioning the NFL for punishment of LJ. I don’t believe the NFL or the Chiefs are willing to “work with” a RB averaging less than 3 yards/carry over this. He will be an conduct example for the rest of the league.

    Good-bye Larry…welcome back Kolby.

  • October 26, 2009  - Merwin in NY says:

    I find it interesting that the late great Vince Lombardi used to get right in the players faces with a “play hard for me or quit football all together” attitude. I believe they also used to call Hank Stram “little Napoleon” because of they way he treated his players like a dictator would. Yet what is really different is that Vince and Hank were winning. As for Larry, I guess we were all on here gripping last night about the game so it only seems fair he should be able to vent a little too. I just think he went a little too far. Now he will have to suffer the consequences, it will be interesting to see if Kolby Smith cuts into LJ’s playing time after the bye week?

  • October 26, 2009  - Double A says:

    Do Pioli and Haley realise the amount of their political currency they have spent and continue to spend on LJ? The good fans of KC continue to extend their generosity and good will.

    The disconnect between Pioli and Haley and the KC fan base is profound.

    (I would include CH, but everytime I see some Dallas Texans merchandise, I am reminded the disconnect THERE exists, not that Lamar Hunt and the history of the league are not to be acknowledged and rejoiced, but,…I digress…)

    Pioli, et al, should lay down that card, dump LJ now and collect the gi-normous bounty of gratitude this city would bestow upon them. Maybe he (Pioli) is saving the card for when he really needs to use it..

    God help us all if that is true…and I don’t mean just the women and gays of the city…

  • October 26, 2009  - ED says:

    Bottom line Johnson shouldn’t have went there. He should’ve kept his mouth shut. Coach has nothing to do with the offensive line poor blocking or his inability to get through the wholes and make a big play. Instead of mouthing off at the coach how about gettting on his teammates and get them to pick up there play. ITs always a coward move to criticize the coach. Yeah Haley called one bad game but I the same time it wasn’t worth taking it this far I’m very disappointed in LJ.

    At this point lets see what Kolby got. If LJ isn’t on board deactivate him the rest of the season and lets put Kobly and Charles in there.

  • October 26, 2009  - golf_and_ski says:

    LJ, just quit if you don’t like the team, the coach, the city, the owner. Just walk and go make a living with your music and your clothes. You won’t quit because the $$$ from your contract (I would love the money and the contract, however, God did not give me the physical tools to play football in the NFL). I can never figure out with such good parents how you came out to be a punk. The problem with the offense is the O-line and truth in fact the wear and tear on your body. When you get older you slow down. Yes LJ, I would make the case you are a punk to your face.

  • October 27, 2009  - Rick says:

    We have TO disguised as LJ!!! Tired of his crap cut his A$$ and lets move on.

  • October 27, 2009  - True Red & Gold says:

    LJ made those comments because he knows that he is on his way out. Don’t think that he will go away quitely. I will lose huge amounts of respect if Pioli does not stand behind his words on this one. He better react and react quickly. He promised a smart, tough team of players that are a good fit and want to be here. When Biesel made a bone head play he was eliminated, I wonder if Pioli has the balls to can a Larry Johnson.

  • October 27, 2009  - james gandolfini says:

    cut or deactivate him

    I wouldve done this with or without the twitter spat

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