Eight Games; No Tanks

Bears defensive tackle suspended for half a season after violating probation
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2007 4:14 AM CDT
Eight Games; No Tanks
Chicago Bears defensive lineman Tank Johnson speaks at a news conference at the Bears football minicamp in Lake Forest, Ill., in this May 18, 2007 file photo. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)   (Associated Press)

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell continued the league's crackdown on unsavory extracurriculars with an 8-game suspension of Tank Johnson, who was recently jailed for violating probation on gun charges and whose bodyguard was killed in a club shooting in December.  Johnson hopes to pare the suspension to six games with good behavior.

The 300-pound defensive tackle had made headlines by consuming $700 worth of junk food, including roughly 160 beef sticks and 40 honey buns, during his 60 days in jail.  An 8-game suspension would cost Johnson $255,000. (More Roger Goodell stories.)

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