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tony hipchest
12-16-2006, 04:31 PM

this story just keeps getting more and more bizarre. almost bengalworthy.

Updated: Dec. 16, 2006, 4:30 PM ET
Police: Johnson was at club during fatal shootingAssociated Press

CHICAGO -- Troubled Chicago Bears nose tackle Tank Johnson is cooperating with police investigating the fatal shooting of his friend inside a nightclub, authorities said Saturday.


Police talked to Johnson at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where Willie B. Posey was pronounced dead early Saturday, Police Superintendent Phil Cline said.

The 26-year-old Posey died after a fight inside Ice Bar, a club in the trendy River North neighborhood, Cline said. No one was in custody and the gun was not recovered, Cline added. He said it appears one shot was fired.

The shooting occurred about 12 hours after Johnson offered a public apology to teammates and family for his third arrest in the past 18 months.

Johnson was at the club Friday night. However, there was "no information to link him to anything that occurred at the bar at this point in the investigation," police spokesman Monique Bond said.

The Bears said Saturday they were aware of the shooting, but didn't mention Johnson.

"We are currently gathering information to learn more about the situation," a team statement said.

Bears coach Lovie Smith had decided before Posey's death that Johnson would be inactive for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay. Johnson is to appear in court Jan. 9, which would be several days before the NFC North champion Bears play their first postseason game.

When police arrived at the Ice Bar about 1:30 a.m., they found Posey sprawled inside, Bond said. He was shot in the left shoulder, Cline said.

No one at the bar returned a telephone message left Saturday by The Associated Press.

Posey said in court this week he was Johnson's bodyguard. The medical examiner listed Posey's address as Johnson's home in suburban Gurnee.

Johnson and Posey were arrested this week following a raid at Johnson's home. Posey was arrested Thursday on a count of felony cannabis possession. He was released after posting $10,000 bond and had been scheduled to return to court Dec. 21.

Johnson was not at home during the search, but later surrendered and was arrested on misdemeanor weapons charges because six unregistered firearms were found at his residence, police said. He was released after posting 10 percent of his $1,000 bond.

Two of the weapons seized from Johnson's home were assault-style rifles and three were powerful handguns, Gurnee Police Chief Robert Jones said.

In November 2005, Johnson was sentenced to 18 months' probation and 40 hours community service after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge stemming from an arrest in which a nightclub valet reported seeing Johnson with a handgun in his sport utility vehicle.

Johnson also was arrested last February after a confrontation outside a Chicago nightclub, but the charges were dropped after the police officer he allegedly scuffled with decided not to pursue the case.

Copyright 2006 by The Associated

Big D
12-16-2006, 05:05 PM
The bears are expected to release him. You can bet he will be a future bengal

12-16-2006, 06:28 PM
Tank'd make a great Steeler.

12-16-2006, 06:53 PM
No Tanks. er.... thanks.

I don't want him.

12-16-2006, 08:49 PM
The shooting occurred about 12 hours after Johnson offered a public apology to teammates and family for his third arrest in the past 18 months.

Y'know, I'm trying real hard not to be overly judgmental here as that isn't my style, but obviously this chowderhead hasn't had one iota of remorse for getting his hiney in hot water because he keeps on getting in trouble!!! :dang: What the hell is it with these morons? His apologies are empty, imho, so he should just save his breath in case his next arrest is for a DUI.

In Cowher We Trust
12-17-2006, 06:56 PM
Man he's having a bad week

12-17-2006, 09:10 PM
No Tanks. er.... thanks.

Oh wow...wow, wow, wow that was a bad one. :banana: