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Sunday December 17th 2017

TWITTER SACKED: Larry Johnson Released by Chiefs After Inflammatory Tweets

Although we expected Larry Johnson to be disciplined for his inflammatory comments on Twitter several weeks ago (which he was), we can’t say we saw this twist coming: the Kansas City Chiefs have released the former Pro Bowl running back.

The move comes after a petition of fans asking for the Chiefs to release Johnson before he broke the team’s rushing record swelled to more than 32,000 signatures as of this morning.

Although the Chiefs don’t officially cite the petition or Johnson’s tweets, which included derogatory remarks about his coach and a gay slur directed at a fan, it’s hard to believe they didn’t play a role in the dismissal of a marquee player. Johnson does have a history of off-the-field issues, however, so the tweets may have just provided an opportune time to part ways.

Johnson isn’t the first person to lose a job over his actions on social media sites, but he would certainly seem to be the most prominent. Hopefully, the news doesn’t lead other players who are using the medium in effective ways to reconsider.

Do you think dismissing Johnson was appropriate, or is this an overreaction on Kansas City’s part? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Image courtesy of iStockphoto, lisafx.

source: Mashable
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