Roundup: Haley, Pioli need the LJ distraction

There’s a list of things not going right with disgruntled Chiefs RB Larry Johnson.

He has publicly blasted his head coach, Todd Haley, on Twitter. He allegedly directed a gay slur at the media in the locker room following Kansas City’s loss to the Chargers. And he’s looked nothing like the elite player he once was for quite some time now.

Despite all that, Kansas City Star columnist Jason Whitlock writes that the distraction is just what Haley and general manager Scott Pioli need, and that the problems Johnson is causing are no reason to cut the guy:

Now is not the time to cut Larry Johnson. Pioli could’ve and should’ve done that in February. LJ, pardon the cliche, is what he is. He’s a moody, immature weirdo who pouts when things go poorly and broods when things are going well. …

I’d keep Larry at starting tailback and make him run the ball 20 times a game. Can you think of a worse punishment? You can’t trade him. You might as well let opposing linebackers light him up 20 times a week.

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