Thursday, July 1, 2010

Tank Johnson DL Cincinnati Bengals

Tank Johnson has finally turned the corner since having a pretty checkered NFL past, that makes him one of the most infamous NFL players of the decade. (behind Michael Vick, Pacman Jones, and Chris Henry in my eyes) His first run in with the law came his second season (November 2005), when he was charged with and plead guilty to, a misdemeanor gun charge when he had a gun in his vehicle in Illinois where there is no conceal-carry laws. While under probation the following February he was charged with aggravated assault and resisting arrest. He was maced before several officers took him into custody, and the charges were later dropped.

In December of 2006 he had his home searched while he was at football practice and 6 weapons, including 2 assault rifles were found at his house. The house had children in it and several of the weapons were fully loaded. Johnson ended up being charged with probation violation and possession of unlicensed weapons. He plead guilty to the probation violation charge, but fought the unlicensed weapons charges. For the probation violation he was sentenced to 120 days in jail and fined $2,500. He plead not guilty to the 10 weapons charges. In the end he plead guilty to a misdemeanor weapons charge and was sentenced to 45 days in jail, which ended up being served at the same time as the 120 days he was already serving. He also had $5,000 more dollars in fines, and after being released from jail he was suspended 8 games by the NFL.

You'd think he'd have calmed down by then, but no, he found himself on the wrong side of the police divider less than 2 months later when he was pulled over for speeding (40 MPH in a 25) and was "suspected" of driving while impaired to the slightest degree at 3:30 AM. Though he was not charged the Chicago Bears released him (I guess that was the straw that broke the camels back). Less than a week later, blood tests proved that he was under the legal limit at .072.

Since than the former 2nd round pick from the Washington Huskies has not had a brush with the law since signing with the Dallas Cowboys, sitting out his suspension, and then playing for the (you guessed it) Cincinnati Bengals, where he currently plays a big role on there defense.

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