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While it appeared to be clear as the 2009 season progressed that Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson had worn out his welcome with the team, the gay slurs that he made to reporters two weeks ago were undeniably his final straw. According to the Kansas City Chiefs' official website, the team has severed ties with their disgruntled running back on Monday, citing several factors that influenced their decision.
Johnson went on a tirade two weeks ago when he criticized Chiefs head coach Todd Haley's credentials on his Twitter account, made an assortment of gay slurs to members of the media and insulted Kansas City Chiefs fans. According to The USA Today, gay-advocacy group GLAAD expressed their displeasure over Johnson's remarks and Chiefs fans created a petition to have Johnson released before he had the opportunity to break the franchise's all-time rushing record.
Prior to his release on Monday, Johnson was within striking distance of the franchise's all-time rushing record, which was just 75 yards away. The record, which is held by Priest Holmes, will remain intact due to Johnson's release. In the front office's statement regarding the team's decision to sever its ties with Johnson, the Chiefs cited his lack of production as the underlying factor behind his release.