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Chicago Bears starting defensive lineman Tank Johnson missed the Sunday, Dec. 17, game against the Detroit Lions. His absence wasnt because of an injury, or a family emergency. Instead, he missed the game because of his inability to make good decisions.
According to the teams Web site, Johnson was suspended by team General Manager Jerry Angelo for his attendance at a Chicago nightclub Saturday, Dec.16.. Other than being out late on the night before a game, that decision could have easily been excused. Unfortunately for everyone involved, it didnt turn out to be inexcusable. As a matter of fact, it turned out to be a tragic decision. William Posey, Johnsons roommate, was shot and killed at the club. Although Johnson was at the club, he was not directly involved in the shooting.
Needless to say, its been a rough couple of weeks for Johnson. It all began when police obtained a search warrant and raided his Gurnee, Ill., home Thursday, Dec. 14. During the search, police found weapons and marijuana. Johnson claimed the guns, and was arrested for not having a valid firearm owners identification card. Posey was arrested and charged with felony drug possession.
Its difficult for me to understand why these professional athletes, who make millions of dollars and live a lifestyle most of us can only dream about, make these idiotic decisions. Why do you let someone stay in your home who may be doing illegal drugs or dealing them? Why go clubbing on a night before a game? Why the obsession with guns? These are questions only Johnson can answer.
I hope Johnson takes the time to ask himself these tough questions and comes to the realization its time to quit making the wrong choices in life. I also hope he realizes how lucky he is to be playing a game for a living. If he doesnt, instead of a one-game suspension, he may face losing his job. Or, worse yet, losing his life.
Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.
From the Dec. 27, 2006-Jan. 2, 2007, issue