The Chiefs barred RB Larry Johnson from practicing with the team or participating in team activities Tuesday, saying they are continuing to investigate his recent comments in which he reportedly belittled coach Todd Haley via Twitter and reportedly used a gay slur while addressing the media in the locker room.
The decision on Johnson appears indefinite, as no timetable was given for his return.
Haley refused to address the Johnson situation at his afternoon news conference, other than to say he wouldn’t term the situation as a suspension.
The Chiefs released a statement Tuesday announcing the decision on Johnson.
“The Kansas City Chiefs and the National Football League are continuing to investigate the alleged comments made by Larry Johnson,” the statement read. “U
ntil that review is complete, the Chiefs have instructed Larry to refrain from practicing with the Chiefs or participating in other team activities. A decision regarding Larry’s status will be made once the investigation has concluded.”
Johnson released an apology of his own Tuesday through his representatives.
“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,” the statement read. “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.”
Under the collective bargaining agreement, the maximum punishment for conduct detrimental to the team is a fine equaling one week’s salary and/or suspension without pay for a period not to exceed four weeks.