Tank Johnson is Free

So it’s about a day until the Bears and Colts embark for Miami to enjoy the media hump fest that is the week of the Super Bowl.  I’m not sure whether or not this is a good thing or a bad thing, but Bears DT Tank Johnson will be taking time out from his busy schedule of brandishing guns, sharpening knives, and rolling blunts, to make the trip

For a guy with a rap sheet longer than Mike McKenzie’s hair, you have to wonder how he’s allowed to play in the game.  Think about it, Tank has been arrested 3 times in the past 18 months (which I guess is tame in comparison to Chris Henry).  His charges include a scuffle with a police officer, a misdemeanor weapons charge, and most recently, 10 counts of possession of firearms without proper ID.

That being the case, how the heck was he let off?  Why is he allowed to go to Miami on vacation while awaiting trial for some serious offenses? 

Why don’t we turn to Assistant State’s Attorney Rick Cenar for some answers.  According to Cenar, Tank is allowed to go play because the trip is “work-related.” Additionally, Cenar noted,

“Quite frankly we treated the defendant Mr. Johnson like any other defendant.” 

Right, he was treated like any other defendant.  Just check out the pictures below and you’ll understand that the treatment by the law enforcement officials in Illinois wasn’t at all preferential.

See officer (presumed Bears fan) congratulate Tank

See officer pat Tank on back and wish him well in Super Bowl

Uh huh, that’s what I thought.

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  • Denny

    That’s tremendous Larry – hadn’t followed this story closely but those pictures (video stills) are priceless! Good stuff!

  • Albert

    How sad is that? America’s justice system continues to crack. Oh no, wait, that is what TANK will be doing off a stripper this week in Miami Beach

  • Kawika

    That’s really sad. That’s a sad message at send to our children. Or even other professional atheletes. Good article Larry.

  • gpjohn

    it’s interesting that anakin skywalker freelances as a jailer

  • http://www.larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    you think the cop has any remorse now?  anyone else notice the dude looks like a white Hideki Irabu?

  • Ann Heningburg

    It is a disgrace that the courts let him travel at all. If this were the average Joe, he would be at home in Chicago.
    This shows that the justice system is not fair.
    Is this the type of “role model’ we want for our kids?
    Good article