More than 10,000 Kansas City Chiefs fans are circulating an online petition to prevent running back Larry Johnson from setting Kansas City's all-time rushing record. Fans are pleading with team officials to deactivate the controversial running back after he used gay slurs to lash out against reporters and fans over Twitter, reports FOX News.
The petition—which has garnered 10,716 signatures as of early Thursday—calls on general manager Scott Pioli to act before Johnson, 29, surpasses running back Priest Holmes for the team rushing record. "We are asking you, as fans of this team, this organization, and of the pride that this city has in the Chiefs, please deactivate Larry Johnson," the petition reads. "Please do not let his name sit atop the all-time rushing leaders in Kansas City Chiefs history. He needs a mere 80 yards to surpass Priest. He doesn't deserve that opportunity."
One fan writes: "It will be a travesty if he is allowed to return from his latest misconduct. Between beating women and voicing slurs toward fans and media, there is absolutely no reason this trash should even have a job, much less become the franchise's all-time leading rusher."
Since being drafted by the Chiefs in 2003, Johnson has been arrested at least four times for violent episodes against women, including spitting in the face of one woman at a Kansas City nightclub. Classy guy.
Johnson was suspended late last month for conduct detrimental to the team after calling reporters and fans "faggots" and "fag" in a gay-baiting Twitter rant that also insulted his coach. Johnson will return to the team on Monday following his one game suspension and $315,000 penalty.
In the uproar following the anti-gay remarks, the former two-time Pro Bowl player "apologized" to NFL fans, Chiefs fans, teammates and staff—everyone but gays. His agent Peter Scaffer has suggested Johnson was "unaware" the words "fag" or "faggot" were considered offensive.