Sept. 1, 2011; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Larry Johnson (23) steps into the end zone for a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys during the first quarter at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Lou Novick-USA TODAY Sports

Larry Johnson Pleas Out Of Trouble

Former Kansas City Chiefs running back, Larry Johnson, plead no contest on Tuesday to a domestic violence charge from last October.

This is a followup to our story from the fall, “Larry Johnson: Former Chief Still A Scumbag.

Here is a bit about what happened, from that story.

Old 2.7* was arrested in Las Vegas this weekend after allegedly strangling an ex-girlfriend to unconsciousness before leaving her lying in the hallway of a hotel, in her underwear.

*as in 2.7 yards per-carry late in his career.

LJ was arrested at the Bellagio. According to reports, he had marks on his face and the woman had marks on her neck.

Most unfortunately, this isn’t the first time Johnson has been involved in violence against women. He has been arrested for past incidents, one in which he allegedly threw a woman to the ground and another that saw him spit a drink in a women’s face before threatening to kill her boyfriend.

Unfortunately, it appears Johnson is getting off easy this time.

From the Review Journal:

Johnson, who played for Pennsylvania State University, was sentenced to a year of probation and ordered to pay a $345 fine, perform 48 hours of community service, stay out of trouble and have no contact with the victim or her family.

The judge ordered Johnson to undergo 6 months of mandatory counseling in Florida, where he lives and runs a business.

Afterward, Johnson said, “I’m just happy to have this behind me and go back to Florida and stay out of trouble for once.”

Johnson said he wants to focus on raising his 3-year-old daughter and “try and keep my nose clean.”

Knapp said, “It was a good resolution to this case. This was far from a felony.”

A $345 fine, 48 hours of community service and a year of probation for strangling a woman until she blacks out and throwing her out in the hallway like she is a bag of trash? Johnson is a repeat offender. This is the third incident of him being violent toward a woman. It is also the disturbing. This isn’t a guy that is getting less violent… he is getting more violent.

I am baffled as to how he landed this plea deal and frankly, I’m pretty sickened over the whole thing.

I will once again make the plea I made back in October; if you still have a Larry Johnson jersey in your closet, burn it or cover up his name. There are too many good Chiefs that deserve to be honored in the community and on Sundays at Arrowhead to be walking around in a Larry Johnson jersey.

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