Judge Scolds Larry Johnson for Probation Compliance Efforts

Part of the terms of Washington Redskins running back Larry Johnson's two-year probation in Kansas City was to complete 40 hours of community service by working with children at the Kansas City Police Athletic League.

Part of the terms of Washington Redskins running back Larry Johnson's two-year probation in Kansas City was to complete 40 hours of community service by working with children at the Kansas City Police Athletic League.

Johnson was credited with nine hours of service, prompting a scolding from Municipal Court Judge Joseph Locascio, Christine Vendel of the Kansas City Star reports.

"For a young kid playing sports, the opportunity to have contact with an NFL player is once in a lifetime," Locascio said. "That’s why I’m so disappointed here. I thought you were going to spend time with the kids, and apparently you’re not capable or interested in doing that."

Johnson refused to play sports with the kids, and instead sought to institute an art class for the children, who weren't interested.

"Children who go to PAL don’t go there for art class," Locascio said. "The idea that you would draw pictures with kids who want to participate in athletics is absurd.

"If I knew you didn’t want to do sports with kids, I would have assigned you to pick up trash on the highway. That’s what we typically have defendants do."

Johnson's probation stems from two disturbing the peace incidents in Kansas City during 2008, while Johnson played for the Kansas City Chiefs.

The city prosecutor pointed out other areas that Johnson has failed to comply with his probation, including failing to check in with probation officers for several months and the completion of an anger management course. Johnson was also cited in Virginia for driving without a license.

Locascio mentioned how he's put people in jail for failing to perform community service, but despite the infractions, was reinstating Johnson's probation, allowing him to complete his community service in Washington, D.C.

Vendel reports that Johnson made no eye contact with the judge, and left the courthouse smiling.

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David's picture

July 17, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Turbo-douche.

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July 17, 2010 at 01:30 pm

If this were you and I, we'd be placed in jail, ASSHAT'S

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