Once the NFL’s more dominant running backs of the mid-00′s replacing Preist Holmes in Kansas City, Larry Johnson’s problem with off the field incidents derailed his playing career and shut it down early. Now those problems are continuing with Johnson out of the league as his most recent domestic charge reached an end today with Johnson pleading no contest.
The case was two misdemeanor charges stemming from an accusation that he beat and choked his ex-girlfriend., not a good look for a repeat offender in Johnson. Gossip website TMZ reported that Johnson told his ex-girlfriend “I’ll rip your fu***ng vocal cords out” according to the police report.
Johnson appeared in Las Vegas Justice Court and was adjudicated guilty of one count each of battery-domestic violence and assault, both misdemeanors, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Johnson’s no contest plea was part of a deal in which a felony charge was dropped.
Johnson will be on probation for one year and will perform 48 hours of community service as well as undergo mandatory counseling. A $345 fine was also issued to the former Chiefs star. Johnson, who has a history of allegations of violence against women, vowed after his court appearance to obey the terms of his probation.
“I’m just happy to have this behind me and go back to Florida and stay out of trouble for once,” he said.
A 2003 first-round pick of the Chiefs, Johnson was one of the best running backs in football in 2005 and 2006 and a fantasy football favorite, topping 1,700 yards in both seasons as the Chiefs transitioned from the Priest Holmes era to the Larry Johnson era.
But injuries, run-ins with coaches and off-field trouble derailed his career as Johsnon was prone to make terrible career decisions. After he was ineffective as he bounced around from the Chiefs to the Bengals to the Redskins to the Dolphins before his career came to an end in 2011. A sad story for a man who has often let his demons get in the way of being a successful man for much of his adult life.
Featured Image courtesy of TMZ.com