This past weekend, when I heard of Tank Johnson’s speeding ticket-slash-possible DUI, I wondered if his upcoming eight-game suspension would increase and if he would see action for the Bears at all this year.
I guess he won’t. The Bears released him.
The defensive tackle still has to wait a couple weeks for the results of his blood test administered “Friday morning” (I still assert it’s Thursday night), but now he’ll likely have to wait longer to find a team that will sign him. At this stage in free agency, a talented defensive lineman is a hot commodity, but not one that served a 60-day prison sentence and could be guilty of a DUI.
Again, I’m always hoping that guys like Tank Johnson can turn their life around, and nothing has changed that sentiment since I first wrote about this story. He just has another step in his life — finding another team that will give him the support the Bears gave him earlier this year.
Then again, maybe “turning his life around” doesn’t imply his return to success on the football field. His personal demons could be fought through so many other methods. Falcons running back Warrick Dunn is considered a great humanitarian, as he’s best known for getting housing for single mothers. Tank Johnson may not be that rich, but he does have money. Maybe he can find some peace of mind through voluntary charity — not the kind a judge says he has to perform.