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Larry Johnson Uses Homophobic Slur, Somehow Makes Things Worse

Oct 26, 2009 – 6:45 PM
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The Chiefs lost Sunday -- for the sixth time in seven games -- and mercurial running back Larry Johnson took to Twitter to vent his frustrations.

His agent later claimed that Johnson was just trying to honor his father 140 characters at a time, but it was also clear that L.J. used it as an opportunity to take shots at first-year head coach Todd Haley.

Johnson was just getting started, apparently. He continued tweeting through the night, and on Monday, the Kansas City Star's Kent Babb writes that L.J. spent much of his evening responding to followers, many of whom are Chiefs fans.
Johnson continued the rant, and, in later responses directed toward Johnson's Twitter followers, contained inflammatory remarks about gays. In a reference to someone's profile picture, Johnson called it a "f** pic" and called the person a "Christopher street boy," a reference to a predominantly gay section in New York's Greenwich Village. Johnson's Twitter profile was taken private and some posts were deleted.
It gets worse. When reporters approached Johnson Monday in the locker room he told them, "I'm not talking till Thursday," his usual day to speak to the media. According to Babb he then whispered, "Get your f****t ass out of here." Classy.

For the second time in as many days, LJ's agent, Peter Schaffer, commenced with the damage control:
"I think it was a combination of being embarrassed or frustrated that what he said was taken out of context. We're going to be putting out an apology for it. Not necessarily what he said but his choice of words."
Upside: Chiefs have a bye this weekend so there is virtually no chance they'll lose. Downside: Schaffer might want to print out extra copies of that apology he's working up because at this rate he'll be sending them out for a while.
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