Don't Buy The Hype – LJ Plotted His Release

Tuesday, Larry Johnson went on national radio and claimed love for his former organization and how he wanted to return someday to break the rushing record held by Priest Holmes. His words were as phony and insulting as anything that came out of his mouth during his time in Kansas City.

"I am a big Todd Haley fan and a big Scott Pioli fan," Johnson said on Dan Patrick's radio show. "Those guys came in and tried to change the organization and bring in players I thought I would never see."

If you believe Larry really bought into the new regime after what he did recently, I have some Bermuda ocean front property for sale at $1.00 an acre. The only reason Johnson played nice this year is because he didn't want to be cut before the regular season. Once he played the season opener at Baltimore his entire salary was guaranteed this year. After that it didn't matter – he could do whatever he wanted, knowing his money would be there.

He already took a hit financially, after losing his grievance against the Chiefs for $3.75 million. That penalty stemmed from another in a long line of off-the-field incidents that included altercations with women and patrons at Kansas City bars that led to his eventual banishment from those establishments and the Power and Light District. In May, Johnson plead guilty to a pair of charges and received two years probation and was told not to drink alcohol in Kansas City bars. That didn't stop him, according to one source.

But regardless of his defiance, realize that Johnson's exit was staged for all to see. He wanted out and was willing to do whatever it took to get out of Kansas City, and he did just that. When Johnson was drafted he told the media that he had hoped his hometown team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, or the Dallas Cowboys would pick him. Kansas City was never a place he wanted to play.

After poor seasons in 2007, 2008 and 2009, this outcome was inevitable. The sad part is the Chiefs didn't react until it was too late - they have egg on their face. If reports are true that the order to dump Johnson came from Chairman Clark Hunt, it's not a strong indicator of his confidence in Pioli or Haley. All parties should have concluded prior to the season, especially after Johnson's latest convictions, that he should never have been on 2009's opening roster.

But after his latest incident, the organization should have cut ties with Johnson within minutes of the foul words coming out of his mouth. Then they would have looked stronger and on the same page. Clearly they're not at the moment.

The lateness of LJ's dismissal portrays the franchise in a bad light. Nobody is owning up to that, other than Head Coach Todd Haley, who is being paraded around in front of the media as if he had any say in all of this. The organization has done him a disservice. Johnson's antics show that the head coach is struggling under the pressure of being head coach, offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach and team spokesman.

But this is really about Johnson and his master plan, hatched before the trade deadline. Johnson went to general manager Scott Pioli and demanded a trade. He wanted out then because he knew KC's ship was sunk. The Chiefs are one of the worst, if not the worst, franchise in the NFL at the moment. There is no end in sight to their losing ways.

But no NFL team was willing to trade for Johnson, so he took matters into his own hands. He made Twitter a household name among Chiefs fans and repeated his words in the locker room. After a contrived apology, written by his agent, it was just a matter of time before he got his wish – a ticket out of town.

Johnson never wanted to be in Kansas City and acted like it, even when he was the best running back in the NFL. It was all about records and pushing his buddy's clothing lines while making trips to New York and Las Vegas on his off days.

Johnson wants to break Holmes' record, but it's not going to happen. If the Chiefs allow it to happen and, by some miracle of fate, actually re-sign him, they'd be foolish to reward a player who was a complete embarrassment to the franchise since he came to town.

Sure, he scored touchdowns and made everyone forget about Holmes, but he was never in the same class as a player or a human being. Holmes wasn't a complete saint either, but he carried himself with respect and honor dignifying the uniform on his back. Johnson couldn't wait to get that uniform off, and now he's in the one place he's always wanted to be – anywhere but Kansas City.

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