Chiefs’ Larry Johnson Files Appeal, Attempts to Work Out ‘Settlement’ With Team

Chiefs' Larry Johnson Files Appeal, Attempts to Work Out 'Settlement' With Team Larry Johnson's attempt to clean up the mess he started last weekend begins now.

First, the running back is filing an appeal of his suspension by the Chiefs, which was issued following his use of gay slurs on his Twitter page and in front of reporters. The appeal will be filed on Friday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The hearing on the suspension is expected to be held on Tuesday. 

Johnson first used the slur in an exchange with one of his followers on Twitter, then reportedly whispered it again in front of reporters after saying he would not talk to them.

Johnson was suspended through Nov. 9 for a violation of conduct detrimental to the team. He will miss one game and will lose approximately $600,000 unless he and team can iron things out before the scheduled hearing.

Additionally, Johnson's agent, Peter Schaffer, told The Kansas City Star via email that his client and the Chiefs are working on a settlement that could affect Johnson's future. Schaffer was evasive when asked if the settlement could involve Johnson's departure from Kansas City, saying only that was "not necessarily" the case.

When asked if Johnson would play for the Chiefs again, Schaffer told the Star, "Larry Johnson is a member of the Chiefs right now," then added, "The best-case scenario is we find a way to keep it positive. There's a lot of things in play, and nothing has been decided."

Johnson issued an apology for using the slur on Tuesday.

The running back needs 75 yards to reach the Chiefs' career rushing mark. In seven games this season, he has 132 carries for 358 yards and zero touchdowns.

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