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Johnson says he won't attend team functions, demands trade

By John Clayton

ESPN.com

 

Updated: April 16, 2008, 3:50 PM ET

 

Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson left no room for doubt Wednesday: He wants out of Cincinnati as fast as possible and he doesn't plan on reporting for any future Bengal function -- mandatory or voluntary.

 

What spurred Johnson's immediate reaction was a statement made by quarterback Carson Palmer that indicated Johnson had told Palmer he would be at the team's mandatory minicamp in mid-June. Johnson said that wasn't true.

 

"I want to make this very clear,'' Johnson said Wednesday. "I don't know where he got that. I made no assertion to Carson that I would do that. Nothing has changed from what I've been saying for three months that I don't want to play for the Bengals.''

 

Johnson made one of his strongest statements in saying he is not planning on reporting to any team functions because he wants to be traded.

 

"I want to be traded before the draft, and if that doesn't happen, I want to be traded as soon as possible,'' Johnson said. "I don't intend on reporting to anything.''

 

The Bengals said they have no comment in response to Johnson's statements. A team spokesman pointed to coach Marvin Lewis' statement at the owners meeting that he has fully discussed the Johnson situation and didn't feel it was productive to talk about it again.

 

Johnson is skipping the team's offseason workouts as he tries to push for a trade. But the Bengals have also made it clear that they have no plans of trading him.

 

Lewis has said repeatedly that the team has no plans to deal Johnson, despite the wide receiver making the rounds of radio and television talk shows to voice his displeasure about his situation in Cincinnati.

 

In a February interview with Jim Rome, Johnson said he felt he was being blamed for the Bengals' problems and disappointing showing last season.

 

"I'm not allowed to say. I get the blame; the so-called best player, I'm the problem," he said. "Someone in-house is spreading this. Maybe they want me to quiet down [and] stop being me. That is not going to happen. I can't function that way. I tried it. It sucked. There was no excitement."

 

Last month, on ESPN's First Take, Johnson again hinted at wanting a trade.

 

"I want to continue my career wherever I have the opportunity to win a playoff game and get to the Super Bowl. That's where I want to be," he said.

 

Wednesday, the Pro Bowl wide receiver said he was surprised by Palmer's comments about his possibly reporting to mandatory camp.

 

"I wish he would stay out of my business,'' Johnson said.

 

 

 

 

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Lol I've seen a lot of iggles fans wanting CJ. How quickly they forget about what T.O did to them just a few years ago. I think the Bengals are sick of all the trouble makers and primadonnas they've had recently. If they don't trade him we'll see how long Chad sits out while getting fined his game checks.

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Lol I've seen a lot of iggles fans wanting CJ. How quickly they forget about what T.O did to them just a few years ago. I think the Bengals are sick of all the trouble makers and primadonnas they've had recently. If they don't trade him we'll see how long Chad sits out while getting fined his game checks.

 

I would laugh if that happened, and they made it to the SB :rolleyes:

 

 

 

It would be a loss against the Giants of course. ;)

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Can't they (the league) suspend him for conduct that maligns the leagues image? He signed a contract and isn't complaining about compensation but for which team he plays for....in essence he is acting like a spoiled baby and making the league look bad in the process for allowing this kind of childishness to go unpunished.

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Can't they (the league) suspend him for conduct that maligns the leagues image? He signed a contract and isn't complaining about compensation but for which team he plays for....in essence he is acting like a spoiled baby and making the league look bad in the process for allowing this kind of childishness to go unpunished.

 

It should be treated like any other job. For every day he doesn't show up that he is supposed to, he doesn't get paid. Why the fuck are athletes so fucking spoiled in this country?

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It should be treated like any other job. For every day he doesn't show up that he is supposed to, he doesn't get paid. Why the fuck are athletes so fucking spoiled in this country?

 

Well they are not paid if they don't show. And they are fined. But as far as I know their overall salary still counts against the cap.

 

Why are they spoiled? Because Americans are quick to forgive and love success.

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Well they are not paid if they don't show. And they are fined. But as far as I know their overall salary still counts against the cap.

 

Why are they spoiled? Because Americans are quick to forgive and love success.

 

That's because we don't stand by our principles anymore. Anything for a buck or a win.

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Maybe I'm just old fashioned, but dignity and class are more important to me than money and fame.

 

Agreed. I wish the Bengals could cut the guy with the knowledge he would be blacklisted. But now the NFL needs a player conduct policy because the owners can be expected to do the job.

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Agreed. I wish the Bengals could cut the guy with the knowledge he would be blacklisted. But now the NFL needs a player conduct policy because the owners can be expected to do the job.

 

That would rid the league of guys like Johnson and Pacman. I love how these players think it's their right to play in the league. It's a privilege and should be treated as such. Unfortunately there are too many in the sports media that only fuel this idea of entitlement.

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