Goodbye, Tank

Tank Johnson was picked up by police in Arizona at 3:30 a.m. Thursday night/Friday morning for being impaired to the slightest degree.?? Keep in mind, this was roughly just 30 hours after the Bears concluded their organized team activities and Lovie Smith implored his players to stay out of trouble over the next month prior to the start of training camp.

Regardless of what I personally think, now the Bears must cut Johnson. Many argued that the Bears organization comprimised their values last winter when they allowed Tank to stay with the team given one last chance. Now, absolutely, they will release him.

It’s unfortunate, because once Tank does clean up his act in the eyes of the NFL, he will be playing successfully for another NFL team that will undoubtedly compromise its values for his production.

4 Responses to “Goodbye, Tank”

  1. I agree with the point you’re making. The problem I believe is that the team can’t release Tank due to this kind of conduct. The most the Bears can do is suspend him 4 games for conduct detrimental to the team. Under the same regulations, I believe Johnson cannot be cut whilst serving his 8 game suspension (or possibly entire season after these alleged occurrences). Johnson would be liable to file a personal grievance towards the team if they were to cut him now.

  2. Actually, there’s an article on Chicago sports that includes a clause from the last collective bargaining agreement. It seems to support the theory that theteam CAN cut Tank Johnson.

    I hate to say it, but I’d be alright with the team letting Tank go. I was dicussing this issue with another football fan yesterday. We were trying to determine just what the infraction, if any, was that Tank made. So far, he’s broken no laws. Yes, hanging out on an Arizona highway after 3 am seems a bit dumb for someone with as short a leash as Johnson, but he’s done nothing wrong as of yet.

    My friend was trying to make a case FOR Johnson since it’s not a crime to be driving at 3:30 in the morning. I countered with the previous issues that have made Tank’s “freedom” not quite as free as most people’s.

    I’m just not sure HOW Lovie Smith or Jerry Angelo would be able to justify keeping Johnson on the team even if no laws were broken given his agreement with the team and the league. Perhps there’s a great explaination as to why Tank was out at that hour. If so, we’d all love to hear it.

  3. One more area of correction: speeding IS breaking the law. I had said he hadn’t broken a law.

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