The Ted Johnson fiasco

Discussion in ' - Patriots Fan Forum' started by PonyExpress, Feb 2, 2007.

  1. PonyExpress

    PonyExpress In the Starting Line-Up

    Ted Johnson is clearly suffering and deserves our sympathy. I wish him and his family the best and I hope he receives all the help he needs to become a productive citizen again, a man at peace with himself. As Pats fans we owe him a debt of gratitude for his on-field exploits. But his story demands more scrutiny than is offered by articles in the NY Times or its satellite the Boston Globe.

    In the NYTimes, Ted Johnson admits he continues to conceal from his doctors an amphetamine addiction that began in 2003. Would the knowledge of such an addiction, or other drug addictions, change their diagnosis, considering the Times reports there is no evidence of brain injury on MRI or CT scan?

    In November 2006, Johnson announced on Felger’s radio show that he was eager to return to the Pats, and waiting for a phone call. During that interview, Mike remarked at least twice that Johnson had lost a lot of weight, and questioned his fitness to play football. In the NYTimes, Johnson admits his addiction began in 2003 when he was given amphetamines illegally by a “friend” who also supplied them to “major league baseball players”. Such an illegal supplier fits the profile of “personal trainers” known to have distributed steroids in major league baseball. Johnson has long been suspected of steroid abuse, his physique and characteristic injuries the anecdotal evidence. Johnson’s current self-described symptoms seem identical with those common to steroid withdrawal. Suicidal depression, mood swings, paranoid jealousy, rage, sexual impotence are all tragic symptoms known to have affected athletes such as Ken Caminiti. Caminiti’s natural testosterone level never recovered, and the resulting mental and physical depression drove him to the drug addictions that eventually killed him.

    Jackie MacMullen states that her article had been in dry dock for 6 months, awaiting Johnson’s green light for publication. Yet several obvious questions prompted by her story remain unanswered:

    a) Is Johnson suffering from steroid withdrawal, and could that coupled with a hidden amphetamine addiction explain his symptoms?

    b) Is Johnson’s account credible given his addiction, and his legal, marital, mental, physical and emotional state?

    c) Did TJ walk out of camp in 2002 because of concussions, as he now states, or in a contract dispute/personality clash with BB, as was widely suspected at the time?

    d) Can all his problems really be pinned on one training camp incident in 2002? Every difficult, complicated question has an answer that is simple, easy to understand and WRONG.

    Despite the 6 month window, which presented ample time to investigate these angles, the Times/Globe left them curiously unanswered. Their silence prompts a responsible reader to hypothesize the chain of events that led to the story’s publication…

    We know that Johnson remains best friends with Bledsoe, holdovers from the pre-BB years. We know Bledsoe remains close with Borges. It is not a difficult leap to assume that Johnson would have gone to Borges for a sympathetic hearing, as the villain in all their personal fables is the same man, BB. It is easy to understand why Borges did not write the article himself… if he had it would have been exposed for a thinly disguised hatchet job full of more holes than Swiss cheese. Instead, Sullivan referred it to others with more disinterested reputations…In the Globe’s case, the saintly MacMullen, as Bob Ryan and Peter Gammons might describe her, was elected to carry the “Dirty Water”.

    I mention Ryan, the dean of the sports department, and Gammons, its most illustrious graduate, because they represent the Globe’s institutional hostility toward the Pats organization. Only this week Bob Ryan went on WFAN, and to a captive audience portrayed the Krafts as delusional paranoids, mocking them for “still counting words” in the Boston Globe to ensure equal coverage, dismissing the Pats, despite their success, as permanent second class citizens on the Boston sports scene, while elsewhere sneering on air at BB’s marital situation; These comments were in tune with the increasingly unbearable Gammons, who on ESPN, in the middle of the Pats playoff run, defensively dismissed the team’s standing in the region compared to the Red Sox. Other than newcomer Mike Reiss, the attitude of the Globe staff, ancient and modern, is remarkably hostile to the Pats organization and the rise of football in the region in general.

    On a final note, my gut tells me that this article is the beginning of what will become a more widespread media assault on the morality of the NFL and its physical play. There have been rumblings from a quack doctor for several years trying to drum up attention for potential class action, while the dubious Andre Waters autopsy results, linking his suicide to concussion issues, have been trumpeted as fact since their publication. The issue has been gaining traction in mainstream outlets such ESPN and the Times/Globe. I am willing to bet that another less physical American sport, one that has been raked over the coals in the media for its immorality, one that has been tarnished in the eyes of the public, one whose popularity is on the down-swing, one that looks on jealously as the NFL remains unscathed by criticisms of institutional corruption- I am willing to bet the powers-to-be in that sport would take great pleasure if the NFL suddenly were to receive similar negative attention from fans, media and congress, tit for tat … We know the Times/Globe is a member of the Red Sox ownership group. I only wonder why the Globe’s renowned investigative reporters, with 6 months to spare, never found out to whom Ted Johnson’s “friend” was supplying illegal drugs on the Red Sox 2004 World Series team. I imagine that article is forthcoming.
  2. SVN

    SVN Hall of Fame Poster

    this is what was said in the radio show

    “After (Junior) Seau went down I must have gotten 10 messages from my friends saying, ‘You’re going to get a call, you’re going to get a call.’ And I never did,” Johnson said yesterday on 890 ESPN radio. “But say he (Bill Belichick) did call, I could go out there right now and do goal-line, short-yardage stuff.”

    Johnson, who shed about 10-15 pounds from his playing days, said the post-concussion syndrome that led him to retire two years ago never prevented him from playing. He just made a choice. And if he returned, he said, he wouldn’t accept minimum-level money.

    “I had independent doctors tell me I shouldn’t play,” said Johnson. “But my team doctors did not tell me that. I was cleared to play. That was a personal choice I made when I sought out second and third opinions. It’d be a health risk (to come back) for sure, and I’d ask for a little bump up in salary, if I was going to go back out there and bash my head in there, too.”
  3. PonyExpress

    PonyExpress In the Starting Line-Up

    The topic came up more than once on the radio show, and more was said than is quoted in the article.
  4. SVN

    SVN Hall of Fame Poster

    yeah ..but you will be ignored in all this BB/Pats bashing for sure..No one will bring this up or the fact that he played 3 more yrs after all the incidents he is citing.
  5. maverick4

    maverick4 Banned

    This whole issue has an anti-BB slant to it. ESPN, New York Times, Boston Globe... Belichick has been wronged, and I am continually disgusted by the grudges certain media people hold against Belichick.
  6. Tunescribe

    Tunescribe Supporter Supporter

    #61 Jersey

    Excellent post, Pony. I feel bad for Ted, but he comes across very suspiciously on this whole matter. The steroid question is a big one, as is the fact he chose to keep playing after concussion syndrome was diagnosed AND he even wanted to come back this year! Making BB a villain in this mess hardly holds water. I am sick of the Globe and "baseball culture."
  7. vyrago

    vyrago In the Starting Line-Up

    This along with the Vinatieri "scary" quote makes Belichick look like the coach from hell. Borges must be rubbing his hands together and chuckling.
  8. fgssand

    fgssand Supporter Supporter

    #12 Jersey

    The time has come for reasonable fans on the Patriots and the NFL to somehow figure out a way to send a message to the Globe, Borges and all those so called moral representatives of what is right or wrong about BB and the Patriots.

    That message needs to be stated that we see through you - right through your attempts to continually sling mud against this great franchise with it's terriffic coach and top notch ownership.

    Any ideas on how the fans of New England can let the Globe know how much their bias in obvious and not appreciated?
  9. maverick4

    maverick4 Banned

    Can someone write an online petition on, either pointing out this unfair mud-slinging, or maybe for Borges' firing?
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2007
  10. Brady to Brown

    Brady to Brown 2nd Team Getting Their First Start

    The Globe has now reported several very one sided stories about Belichick.

    Might he retire over these stories? he is really taking a beating.

    If this happens no Patriot fan should ever buy another Globe newspaper.
  11. fgssand

    fgssand Supporter Supporter

    #12 Jersey

    Wouldn't it be timely to send that message NOW to the Pats and BB that the Globe is way off base and not reflective at all of fans, both fanatical and casual?

    Is there some outlet we can rally around to do this.

    I am really seething at the Globe and so sick and tired of those pompous asses.
  12. maverick4

    maverick4 Banned

  13. Tunescribe

    Tunescribe Supporter Supporter

    #61 Jersey

    We should organize a boycott of the Globe's print version via members of this messageboard. I propose we make it a sticky, and everyone who joins in should post to that thread.
  14. jcdavey

    jcdavey In the Starting Line-Up

    charger fan weighing in on this, so you probably don't care what i have to say but, it appears ted's problems aren't due to belichik.

    if his problems are really caused by post concussion syndrome , it's more the fault of the team doctors who cleared him to play, and his own choice to play.

    belichik is just getting crapped on because he's not a likeable character lately, outside of pats fans.
  15. patsacolachick

    patsacolachick Third String But Playing on Special Teams

    Is it already set up? If this is the only way then so be it, but I am totally supportive of some type of public forum where we can call out the Globe whenever they so blatantly try to slant something. I would love to do that for the national media as well, I have a few words for Bob Costas!!
  16. NEPat

    NEPat Third String But Playing on Special Teams

    Come on. People are signing a petiton, for what exactly?? This is a legitimate story. Just because the media likes to pile on Beichick shouldn't take away from the fact that they didn't do anything wrong by reporting on this story. If you want to disagree with Ted Johnson then fine, but the media is reporting on his comments. Nothing is being made up.

    I know we are sensitive to any criticism that gets thrown Belichick's way, and the media loves taking shots at him, but this is not a fabricated story like the nonsense of Bill ignoring Peyton or whatever.
  17. SoonerPatriot

    SoonerPatriot In the Starting Line-Up

    Ted is a drug addled moron. I have zero sympathy for him. Nobody MADE him play. He played for the money and that was his choice.
  18. upstater1

    upstater1 Pro Bowl Player

    If you look at the NY Times story, it is cut up and edited to put Belichick in the worst light. It differs quite a bit from the Globe story. Go to ESPN and check out the selective cutting and pasting.

    I actually do think Belichick did something wrong here. No, it's not anything different than what 31 other NFL coaches would have done. But coaches are wrong to do this. Heck, why are we arguing? Belichick said it was wrong.
  19. patsacolachick

    patsacolachick Third String But Playing on Special Teams

    No, but by not exploring the drug addiction and/or mental health issues more thoroughly, they present his story as a player whose life has been ruined because of football, or more importantly his football coach. I am tired of one-sided journalism.
  20. patriotfan32

    patriotfan32 On the Roster

    Somebody better do something because there is only so much a person is going to take before coming to the conclusion that the stress doesn't outweigh the reward. If a reporter wants to write a story about players playing through significant injuries, then do in a way in which your underline theme does not seem to have a personal agenda attached to it. Also to attribute all this guys problems to the fact that he came back from one concussion too soon , and promptly reinjured himself seems too far fetched. Johnson went on to have many more concussions beyond this one. Finally, lets not forget the steroid and amphetamine rumors surrounding this guy.

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