Kansas City judge lays into Larry Johnson
Washington Redskins running back Larry Johnson was dropped in the backfield on Friday by a judge in Kansas City who ripped him for his efforts or lack thereof in community service.
Johnson was slapped with 40 hours of community service for two convictions of disturbing the peace, both convictions that started as assault charges against women. In one case he allegedly shoved a woman on the side of her head. In the other, he allegedly spit in the face of a woman. Both incidents happened in Kansas City nightclubs.
Now, Johnson is slow to complete or even attempt to complete the 40 hours, and Municipal Court Judge Joseph Locascio wasn’t amused, according to the Kansas City Star. Johnson was reportedly required to work with kids at the Kansas City Police Athletic League but he refused to play sports with children and told officials he wanted to begin an art program. That didn’t draw enough interest and never got going, but Johnson did bag nine hours of service, per the report.
“Children who go to PAL don’t go there for art class,” Locascio. “The idea that you would draw pictures with kids who want to participate in athletics is absurd.
“If I knew you didn’t want to do sports with kids, I would have assigned you to pick up trash on the highway. That’s what we typically have defendants do.”
Johnson’s attorney pointed out that his client put together a Thanksgiving dinner for 100 people at the PAL and purchased turkeys for other families as well as $2,500 in Christmas gifts. Locascio remained incensed that Johnson has not done what he was ordered to do as terms of his probation.
“I thought you were going to spend time with the kids, and apparently you’re not capable or interested in doing that,” the judge said.
Still, he allowed Johnson to remain free while saying he “puts people in jail every day for not doing community service.”
The prosecutor outlined several other ways in which Johnson had violated his probation, including his failure to complete an anger management program. Per the report, Johnson didn’t make eye contact once with the judge during the 20-minute hearing.
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