Bears Drop Tank After DUI Arrest

DT 'embarrassesed and upset' team for the last time
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Jun 26, 2007 4:20 AM CDT
Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson leaves a midtown New York office following his meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, in this May 16, 2007 file photo. Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – They stood by him loyally while he served jail time for unlawful weapons possession, but  the Chicago Bears had had enough: the team abruptly released DT Tank Johnson after his latest mishap—a DUI in Arizona. The 300-pound, second-round pick had been warned that there was no further margin for error; the league had already suspended him for 6-8 games in 2007.

GM Jerry Angelo said the team was "upset and embarrassed." Coach Lovie Smith, who had visited Johnson in jail, remarked, "We did our best to establish an environment for him to move forward. Ultimately, Tank needed to live up to his side of the deal."