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Tank Johnson ( the Bears NT) house raided

Discussion in 'All Other Team Discussions' started by longtimefan, Dec 15, 2006.

  1. longtimefan

    longtimefan Super Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator

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    What was he thinking?

    Bears' Tank Johnson free on bond after raid

    December 14, 2006
    Jason Arndt jarndt@scn1.com
    GURNEE--Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson is free on bond tonight after he was charged with possessing firearms without a firearms owners identification card.

    Johnson's home was raided late Thursday morning by a SWAT team armed with a search warrant.



    Police escort a woman and two kids while searching the home of Chicago Bears defensive lineman Tank Johnson in Gurnee Thursday.
    (Andre J. Jackson/News-Sun)


    He is charged with six misdemeanor counts of possessing weapons without a state Firearm Owners Identification card while 26-year-old Willie Posey, a resident in the player's home, is charged with felony possession of marijuana.

    The weapons taken from Johnson's home were three rifles, a military-style AR-15, a .308 Winchester and a 5.65mm; and three handguns, a .44 Magnum, a .50 caliber and a .45 caliber.

    "There was a lot of ammunition in the house, some of the weapons I know where loaded," said Gurnee Police Chief Robert Jones.

    The misdemeanor counts carry a maximum of a year in jail if Johnson is convicted.

    "(The guns) were one of the things listed on the search warrant," said Jones. "We also did not know who would be in the house at the time of the warrant, so the officers took the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of others."

    The department, along with a SWAT team from the Northern Illinois Police Alarm System, decided to conduct the raid Thursday when Johnson was at practice at Halas Hall at Conway Park in Lake Forest.

    Jones would not reveal what prompted the search, only that the investigation began Nov.4.

    "We executed the search warrant as time fell into place and it just happened that he was at practice," Jones said.

    Johnson was already on 18 months probation for an assault charge in February. Jones would not comment on the implications it may have on Johnson's case in Gurnee.

    Gurnee Police confiscated a half ounce of marijuana allegedly belonging to Posey.

    Tom Dillon, the Bears' director of security and safety services, took the third-year defensive lineman from Halas Hall to the Gurnee police station at 3:15 p.m.

    Johnson appeared with his Waukegan attorney Thomas Briscoe and was released after posting $100 of his $1,000 bond.

    "We were in contact with the state's attorney's office all afternoon, and I surrendered him as soon as we got the word from them," said Briscoe.

    Johnson's attorney said the defensive lineman will fight the charges against him in Lake County court.

    "He thinks that once all the information comes out, he will be vindicated," Briscoe said. "He says the facts are totally different from what's being portrayed."

    The search warrant was executed shortly before 11 Thursday morning with four occupants - including two toddlers - inside the home on the 400 block of North Delany Road.

    Neighbors reported Posey was taken out of the house in handcuffs following the raid, while police removed the toddlers.

    "No one was harmed during the execution of the warrant, there was no danger to anyone in the area," said Gurnee Police Cmdr. Jay Patrick.

    Neighbors spoke to The News-Sun but refused to disclose their names.

    A woman who lives in an adjacent home mentioned Johnson as a "normal neighbor who would be seen walking his dogs."

    A male neighbor stated Johnson had trouble with his dogs at times, but would generally be willing to seek help from neighbors.

    Other neighbors complained Johnson mishandled his firearms at times with one incident of an individual firing a gun in the back yard of the home.

    The defensive lineman had six pit bulls locked in cages in his back yard with neighbors reporting the police were called several times due to animal cruelty issues.

    "We have had calls in reference to animal issues at Johnson's home in the past," Jones said.

    Jones would not indicate if any charges or citations were filed against Johnson at the time of the animal cruelty complaints.

    Johnson's neighbors also indicated several of his teammates often frequented the home when the player from Washington State University was out of town.

    Bears' coach Lovie Smith says he is disappointed in Johnson's actions.

    "Of course we're disappointed that something like this is coming up. We're constantly talking about our players, about doing the right thing, and our players do the right thing the majority of the time," Smith said.

    "But sometimes things like this come up," the coach said. "But again, I'm going to wait to see exactly what the charges are before I can talk any more on it."

    Gene Chamberlain, Art Peterson, Dan Moran and Jim Newton contributed to this report.
     
  2. pack_in_black

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    heh heh, 'Tank' caught with an arsenal of guns. Now that's silly.... :rotflmao:
     
  3. digsthepack

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    Idiot got busted last year with a firearm(s) in his car. Gotta love the ghetto mindset that prevails amongst the younger generation of athletes.
     
  4. longtimefan

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    lot of these guys say it is how they were raised and what they are used to..

    okay I can understand that...

    but these same guys have 5000 sq foot houses in the rich "hoods"....why is it that they feel the need in those surroundings to do what they do?
     
  5. BearPerspective

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    I have guns. Given that you guys are redneck packer fans, Id venture to guess you have guns too. Also given that you're rednecks, you're probably christians, and I see an awful lot of "judgement" being passed down in this thread. "Thug" and "Ghetto" ? Real nice. Why dont you use the word you WANTED to use?
     
  6. fvre4mvp

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    There are many people who have guns they also have those guns registered which is required by law. You're saying that you don't have you're guns registered? You also have 3 assault rifles, a desert eagle .50 and a 40. cal. I'm sure he goes hunting with those right?
     
  7. BearPerspective

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    Yeah, I think you should probably get your facts straight. And I'd love to hear your defintion of "assualt rifle" because an AR-15 was the only thing he had that could be mistaken as such.
    ...and so now your issue isnt with him having guns, but with "proper paperwork" ? Wow. Might as well condemn him to death for missing some paperwork.
     
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    Assault guns in the house, handguns in the house, and 6 pit bulls. Yeah, you see that in the upper echelon burbs alot :wtf: Keep in mind that the "Ghetto and Thug" mentality is made up of all colors, not just black.

    I think the tragedy here is that I believe he is already on probation for assault and having a handgun. If so, I am sure one of the conditions of the probation is no weapons of anykind on his person or property. This probably (six counts and all) will violate probation and result in Jail time.

    Who is his back up? I guarantee you that Lovie is sitting Tank this sunday because he knows that Tank may very well not be around for the playoffs. Violating probation is a HUGE no no.
     
  10. trippster

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    Oh, trust me, we have had our share of problems.....

    James Lofton in the stairwell ring a bell?
    Mark Chumra in a bathroom, with a 17 yr old?
     
  11. Philtration

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    All Johnson has to do now is assault someone and he can be compared with Ahman Green. I am pretty sure that the Bears drafted Dusty Dvoracek in case Tank Johnson pulled another brain fart. Dvoracek looked real good until an injury during the last game of the pre-season ended his season. Johnson is a good player but I don’t see him being back with the Bears next year.

    I heard a sound bite from Johnson trying to explain why he felt that he needed to have 6 Pit Bulls and 6 heavy firearms.
    He said, "I am just doing the things that I gotta do to be a man"

    That is pretty sad. What is even sadder is that seems to be the mentality of a lot of professional athletes.
     
  12. longtimefan

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    a guy who has LOADED GUNS along with POT in his house WHERE KIDS UNDER THE AGE OF 2 CAN GET A HOLD OF SAID GUNS? is the lesser of 2 evils when compared to Green??

    Dude your an idiot, Tank has already assulted someone
    Tank assults cop
     
  13. longtimefan

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    I could give a rats a@2 if he had the right paper work..

    what gets me is they were LOADED, and with toddlers rounning around the house not to mention his " body guard" had pot..

    When you realize all the issues those can cuase then come back and try to defend his a@@..

    I guess his other 2 times with the law and guns was not good enuff..
     
  14. Philtration

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    Dude, you are an idiot. That was just a swipe in response to the post about Bears and Vikings players getting arrested while the Packers are giving out Christmas presents.
    Every team has at least one turd and the Packers have had their share.
    Speaking of turds, I assume that you know why Najeh Davenport was called "******" right?
    He was arrested for breaking into the dorm room of a Barry University female student and taking a crap in her closet.
    Green beats up his wife and has to be tasered for resisting arrest, Mark Chmura was charged with the sexual molestation of a 17-year-old girl after he refused to attend the White House reception after the team won the Super Bowl in January of 1997 due to the president's alleged promiscuity.
    Class acts.

    I am sure that if Walter Payton had been a pill popping alcoholic or a homophobic bigot you would be bringing that up every other day.
     
  15. longtimefan

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    awww looky at the poor little bear fan...you said this bout my guy so I am going to say this about your guy..

    Grow THE F$#%^&%%$ up

    This has nothing to do with Favre, Green , or anyone else other then TANK and him being a NOODLE HEAD..

    KEEP the thread on TOPIC
     
  16. umair

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    he was just respondind to what midwest favrefan said.

    but right now this topic is on the bears and lets try to stay on topic because the thread might get locked.
     
  17. trippster

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    Walter Payton did accidently shoot his buddy at Walter's night club. However it was a collecter's gun.
     
  18. Philtration

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    You might want to take your own advice.
    By the way, typing in CAPITALS is NOT grown up as you would like to believe.

    Just thought someone should tell you before you came across as an a$$hole or something.
     
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    I was listening to a couple of sports analysts on WGN. They pointed out that Lovey was quick to defend Tank while releasing another player last year for a lesser offense (Sorry I didn't catch who he said was released.) He then went on to wonder out loud if Tank hadn't been a 2nd round draft pick if he would have shown as much support and patience with Tank.
     

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