[ESPN.com] Chiefs coach Herman Edwards benched Larry Johnson for Sunday’s game against Tennessee for violating team rules. Now, Kansas City’s star running back soon might incur additional punishment, this time from the NFL — and for different reasons.
During the Chiefs’ recent bye week, Johnson was involved in a physical altercation with a woman at a Kansas City nightclub, sources told ESPN — the second such late-night incident he’s found himself in this year. The incident is consistent with a pattern of off-field behavior that league sources expect will lead to a suspension for Johnson under the league’s personal conduct policy.
It’s unclear whether or not Johnson has been or will be charged in the incident.
“It’s just a matter of for how long,” one source said.
The Chiefs acknowledged Johnson’s latest troubles.
“We are aware of the most recent incident involving Larry Johnson and we are very disappointed with his involvement,” team president Carl Peterson said in a statement Sunday. “We will cooperate fully with the Kansas City authorities who are investigating the matter. We have also made the NFL office in New York aware of the incident and officials there are conducting their own independent investigation.
“Based upon the NFL Player Conduct Policy, we will have no further comment.”
League spokesman Greg Aiello declined comment Sunday.