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    Bucs' tell Keyshawn Johnson not to bother showing up

    Bucs' bench star WR Johnson rest of year

    http://www.clarionledger.com/news/0311/19/sbriefs.html

    From staff and wire reports

    Keyshawn Johnson will get his wish to leave Tampa Bay once the season is over.

    Meantime, he won't even get to play.

    The Buccaneers shelved their disgruntled star receiver for the rest of the year Tuesday, saying he had become disruptive during a disappointing 4-6 start for the defending Super Bowl champions.

    "For whatever reason he didn't want to be here. He let me know that some time after one of our early games," coach Jon Gruden said.

    The Bucs said they would deactivate Johnson for the remaining six games. He will be paid his full salary and was not fined, general manager Rich McKay said.

    Reached in Miami by the St. Petersburg Times, the two-time Pro Bowl selection said he was shocked by the move.

    "I really don't know what to say. Basically, they are shutting me down for the rest of the season. I don't understand it," Johnson told the newspaper.

    "I gave them everything I had between the white lines. I did everything they asked me to do. But it's OK, I'll continue to work out and stay in shape and look forward to playing somewhere else next year," he said.

    Johnson is the Bucs' third-leading receiver this season with 45 catches for 600 yards and three touchdowns.

    McKay said he spoke with Johnson's agent, Jerome Stanley, and "we agreed that it will not be necessary for him to be present at our facility for the remainder of the year."

    Johnson is midway through an eight-year, $56 million contract that included a $13 million signing bonus.
    I'm amazed - this is the first time I've ever heard of this happening, especially to such a high-profile whiner, I mean, star.

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    Anywhere else they'd tell someone behaving like that to simply stuff it and either shape up or get lost.

    In the NFL, though, you get to sit at home, do squat, and collect millions. Very nice.

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    I'm glad the Bucs had the guts to stick it to him, at least. I agree it's ridiculous a person is allowed to continue to collect his full salary even though he missed mandatory meetings and skipped practices. :rolleyes In most jobs you get fired for pulling crap like that.
    Who shot who in the what now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by John
    I'm amazed - this is the first time I've ever heard of this happening, especially to such a high-profile whiner, I mean, star.

    Couldn't have said it any better!!!!
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    That's pretty amazing and probably a first in sports.

    He must have been a real cancer in the lockeroom.

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    KJ might be the most over hyped, over rated WR in the league... he may not lead the league in receptions but he certainly does in sideline temper tantrums... it's just a shame Jurevicious' or McCardell's class couldn't rub off a little bit on him...

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    Here might be one of the reasons that the Bucs are having such a poor season. Maybe they will play a little better now. Cancer spreads like wildfire, they might play so much better from now on.

    I think he shouldn't even get his salary he doesn't deserve it. He's not even playing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenie
    I'm glad the Bucs had the guts to stick it to him, at least. I agree it's ridiculous a person is allowed to continue to collect his full salary even though he missed mandatory meetings and skipped practices. :rolleyes In most jobs you get fired for pulling crap like that.



    However, if anybody figures out how to do this and still get paid in a regular job, let me know eh?

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    I could go back a ways, and find my threads complaining about Keyshawn and his complete self-absorption and different style than the entire Bucs team, but I won't. All I will say is that I'm extremely happy the Bucs have finally realized what an ass KJ is, and I'll enjoy the Bucs games so much more knowing that KJ is planted on a couch at home, watching the game on TV like me.

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    I think Gruden did this just to screw up my FORT Fantasy team. Thanks Jon!
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