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Keyshawn receives what he deserved

Published November 23, 2003

Finally, an NFL organization that knows how to deal with a (jerk). A bus ticket to Oakland, where his boorish behavior will not only be appreciated but probably encouraged, is just what the doctor ordered for Keyshawn Johnson. Perhaps one is in order for the aptly-named Warren Sapp as well.

-- Tommy Lee, Locust Grove, VA

The Bucs made a mistake in deactivating Keyshawn Johnson. They should have kept him on the active roster and fined him $50,000 every time he missed a team function. In addition, the Bucs should have relegated him to the bench for the remainder of the season. After all the years of playing football, Keyshawn fails to realize this is a team sport and everyone contributes to the team's success. The coach is in charge and set the roles for each player. Gruden has forgotten more football than Keyshawn will ever know.

-- Michael Young, New Port Richey

Historically, Major League Baseball owners are the dumbest owners in professional sports. But if any NFL owner offers Keyshawn Johnson a contract, he will surpass the baseball idiots in stupid dealings. Letting him sit out forever will teach some of the other prima donnas in the NFL that the team comes first.

-- E. Heckman, Bayonet Point

Today, all across the Tampa Bay region, thousands of small cans have begun to appear. In sports bars, convenience stores, florist shops and small businesses of every description, donation cans are being placed in support of the Keyshawn Johnson Relief Fund. The outpouring of sympathy and human kindness is truly overwhelming. Children of all ages, skipping school and flooding their neighborhoods on bicycles, are soliciting door-to-door in support of the beleaguered wide receiver, formerly of the Buccaneers.

-- Steven Custer, Largo

When I first saw this man blocking downfield on a running play, I thought we had a stellar receiver with a work ethic. What a shame that this extremely talented young man had to think the tail would wag the dog. All of us who sign our paychecks on the back know who calls the shots, don't we?

In time, I hope K.J. will mature enough to realize what he's lost. For now, he'll be "the missing person that nobody really missed at all."

-- Max R. Loick, St. Petersburg

Perhaps this will alleviate some of the problems and answer some questions. The "Key" simply didn't fit.

-- Mena Wright, Gulfport [Last modified November 23, 2003, 01:46:45]

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