The Bears have finally lost all patience with their trouble defensive end Tank Johnson and have released him according to ESPN. Tank Johnson was released Monday by the Bears who said they were “embarrassed” by Johnson’s actions and that he “compromised the credibility” of the team.
Johnson was released three days after his most recent run-in with the law. Johnson was pulled over by Arizona police. He was pulled over at 3:30 am Friday morning for speeding. The police say that Johnson was driving 40 mph in a 25 mph zone and that when they questioned him they believed he was under the influence of alcohol.
Johnson was arrested for “DUI Impaired to the Slightest Degree,” according to Sargent Andrew Duncan. Johnson was released without being booked or charged.
“We are upset and embarrassed by Tank’s actions last week,” general manager Jerry Angelo said in a statement according to ESPN. “He compromised the credibility of our organization. We made it clear to him that he had no room for error. Our goal was to help someone through a difficult period in his life, but the effort needs to come from both sides. It didn’t, and we have decided to move on.”
Johnson found himself in trouble on several separate occasions last year, including having his home raided for weapons violations and spending two-months in jail, and was suspended for 8 games by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Johnson called this suspension “an opportunity for me to move forward.”
“A lot of people within our organization gave extra time and energy to support Tank: players, coaches and our front office,” Bears coach Lovie Smith said in a statement according to ESPN. “We did our best to establish an environment for him to move forward. Ultimately, Tank needed to live up to his side of the deal.”
Tank Johnson also issued a statement through his lawyer.
“I want to thank the Bears organization and fans for their support during a difficult time,” he said according to ESPN. “I regret that I have to leave Chicago under these circumstances and wish my friends at the Chicago Bears nothing but the best.”
Johnson will have to sit out 8 games for the next team that he signs with. Commissioner Goodell has also suspended Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry for 8 games and Titans cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones for a year in an attempt to steer other players away from confrontations with the law.
All information was gathered from ESPN.com and the National Football League.