Johnson Pulled Over in Arizona

Maybe Tank Johnson should give up playing football and consider an acting career. After he was suspended by Commissioner Roger Goodell for eight games, Johnson took to the podium at Halas Hall and professed that his new goal was to turn his life around and be the NFL Man of the Year one day. He certainly had me fooled. We learned on Friday afternoon that Johnson is in deep trouble once again.

It's been a tumultuous six months or so for Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson, but it appeared that he was on the comeback trail.

Johnson's various run-ins with the law have been well documented, including problems with guns and drugs and the shooting death of his bodyguard and best friend, Willie Posey, and a stint in Cook County jail. He was suspended for the first eight games of the upcoming NFL season by Commissioner Goodell, but Goodell must have seen something positive in Johnson because he included a provision that would drop the suspension down to six games should he stay out of trouble. Neither Adam 'Pacman' Jones of the Titans nor Chris Henry of the Bengals – two other suspended players that have been in the news lately for all the wrong reasons – were given such latitude.

Now comes the news that Johnson was pulled over for speeding in the wee hours of Friday morning in Arizona. The officer on duty "made observations that led him to believe Johnson was impaired," according to Andrew Duncan, spokesman for the police in Gilbert. Johnson was given a blood test, but the results are not yet known.

Head coach Lovie Smith has been Johnson's biggest supporter for quite some time, but now one has to believe that the former Washington Husky has played his last game for the Monsters of the Midway. It was rumored that general manager Jerry Angelo wanted to sever ties with Johnson after he got in trouble last season. Johnson was in attendance for OTAs at Halas Hall on Wednesday afternoon, which means he was away from the team for just one day before running afoul of the law once again.

The Bears organization issued the following statement on Friday afternoon:

"We are aware that Tank was pulled over early Friday morning in Arizona. We currently are gathering facts regarding the incident. We will withhold further comment until we have more information."

More to come on this breaking story as it becomes available to

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