Chiefs Notes: Morton Responds to Millen Comments

Johnnie Morton gets on the defense about slur by Detroit Lions GM Matt Millen.

NOTES, QUOTES, ANECDOTES
WR Johnnie Morton, still angry at Detroit GM Matt Millen over his release in the spring of 2002 after eight productive seasons with the Lions, goaded Millen into an explosion after Kansas City's 45-17 rout of Detroit at Arrowhead. Millen was congratulating several Chiefs players when he tried to speak to Morton, who said he told his former boss to "kiss my ass." Angered, Millen loudly called Morton a term (faggot) of sexual derision, then used the word twice within hearing range of several reporters. Millen apologized in a statement later Sunday evening, but Morton called the apology "totally unacceptable." "I have gay friends and I don't even joke around with them like that," Morton said. "What he said is demeaning and bigoted. Jeremy Shockey got in trouble for saying it about a coach (Bill Parcells) and now we have a president of a team making statements like that."

RB Priest Holmes played only three quarters in the 45-17 blowout of Detroit and consequently lost his league lead in total yards from scrimmage to San Diego's LaDainian Tomlinson, who has 2,011 yards to Holmes' 1,949. But Holmes continues as the league's scoring king (among non-kickers) with 132 points on 22 rushing touchdowns -- just three short of tying Emmitt Smith's NFL single-season rushing TD record. Only Indy kick Mike Vanderjagt has more points (144).

WR Marc Boerigter sustained an ankle injury against Detroit that could make him doubtful for Saturday's game in Minnesota.

LB Mike Maslowski, a starter who missed a third game Sunday with a knee injury, remains questionable for the Minnesota game. The Chiefs have been playing rookie Kawika Mitchell in his place, and while the second-round draft pick had his first interception off a deflected ball against Detroit, he's been inconsistent in run defense -- a major concern of the Chiefs all season.

SS Greg Wesley, a starter and key defender, bears watching during the course of the shortened week as he nurses a thigh bruise.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"It was better, but they're not the Denver Broncos." Dick Vermeil, on his defense giving up 137 yards to Detroit -- a season high for the Lions -- after yielding 270 the previous week in Denver.


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