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Tatum Bell Took Rudi Johnson's Bags, Insists 'I Ain't No Thief ... All a Misunderstanding'

Sep 3, 2008 – 3:59 PM
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Yesterday Will Brinson noted at FanHouse the report from Mike Florio at Pro Football Talk, stating that Detroit Lions running back Rudi Johnson had his bags stolen by former Lions running back Tatum Bell.

Today Bell acknowledged that he took Johnson's bags, but he claims it was simply a "misunderstanding" -- not a theft:
"I ain't no thief," Bell told the Free Press in a phone interview. "I ain't never been one, and I ain't never going to be one. It was all a misunderstanding.

"You can ask anybody I played with for all my years or anybody that know me, man. They know I ain't never stolen nothing from nobody or had those kind of intentions."
I don't really see how such a "misunderstanding" could happen, and neither does Johnson, who says that Bell's "misunderstanding" included taking the money out of his money clip -- but leaving the clip itself.

Anyway, Johnson gets the last laugh. He's now employed by the team that just cut Bell, while Bell might not ever play again.

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