AFTER RELEASE, TANK THANKS BEARS FOR THEIR SUPPORT: Over a month after being waived, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED finds that Tank Johnson apparently has no bad feelings toward the Bears organization:
Chicago decommissioned Tank on June 25, three days after Johnson was pulled over in Arizona for speeding. It was just the latest in many brushes with the law Tank had to maneuver through.
About his release, Johnson admitted, “I put them in a very hard situation, and I don’t blame them for what they did.”
Tank was already in hot water when unlawful firearms were discovered in his home during a December police search. Despite the legal troubles, he was allowed to join his teammeates for Super Bowl XLI. But after having sideline seats to Rex Grossman’s performance, he might have gotten his punishment, anyway.
But even before the gun show, Johnson had run-ins with the cops, once on a scuffle with a police officer, and a separate misdemeanor weapons charge.
After all the numerous transgressions forced the Monsters of the Midway to tow away Tank, he still thanked the team for what they did for him: “They had supported me through thick and thin. The Bears went to bat for me publicly and more so privately to help me get through this stuff.”
Well, that was nice of him.