Larry Johnson 'apologizes,' is suspended

Kansas City Chiefs running back has issued a statement about his verbal attacks in the last 36 hours on his coach and for "words" he used. His written statement:

First of all, I want to apologize to the fans of the Kansas City Chiefs and the rest of the NFL, Commissioner Goodell, the Chiefs organization, Coach Todd Haley, his staff, and my teammates for the words I used yesterday. I regret my actions. The words were used by me in frustration, and they were not appropriate. I did not intend to offend anyone, but that is no excuse for what I said.

I also want to apologize to all the kids who view athletes as role models. I was not a good role model yesterday and hopefully I can become a better role model. We all make mistakes, and the challenge is to learn from them. I will do my best to learn from this one as I move toward becoming a better person, teammate, and member of the Kansas City Chiefs team and community.

Note to Larry Johnson: You just made it worse. Your inclusion of the "Christopher Street" reference makes it clear your words were meant to demean gay people. You can't hide behind some colloquial use of "faggot;" You went further than that. You apologized to the NFL fans. You apologized to Chiefs fans. You apologized to your teammates and staff. And you clearly made a conscious effort to NOT apologize to gay people. You made it clear you're not really sorry for tossing around the word "faggot," and you made it clear you couldn't care less that you used an anti-gay epithet. I understand you're upset because you're not producing on the field the way you did a few years ago, but when you screw up you should man up. This apology that one of your handlers probably wrote doesn't cut it.

The Chiefs didn't think it was enough either, as he has been told to stay away from the team until further notice.

Update: The Chiefs suspended Johnson for two weeks.

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