Updates on Mavericks' Drew Gooden and K.C. Chiefs' Larry Johnson

Last month, we blogged about Kansas City Chiefs’ player Larry Johnson controversy of using anti-gay slurs on reporters and even on his Twitter feed. He was immediately suspended pending investigation. The Chiefs announced today that Johnson has been dropped from the team.

Soon after, we heard Drew Gooden of the Mavericks called actor Chris Wylde and his friend “faggot at an L.A. Clippers game last week. There were a lot of holes in the story but team owner Mark Cuban assured it was being looked into. The holes in mention were Wylde’s accusations going unheard or unseen and his coincidental ties to a Web-based show about heckling basketball teams reaked of a publicity stunt. But now, two more people have come forward with a similar story against (also at a Clippers game) and the NBA is on the case. OutSports offered this update last Friday.

—  Rich Lopez

Kansas City Chiefs running back barred from play for gay slurs

The Kansas City Chiefs announced today that running back Larry Johnson is suspended from all team activities pending an investigation by the NFL for recent comments he made. He ranted on Twitter after the Chiefs suffered another loss Sunday to the San Diego Chargers. Demeaning comments were first directed at head coach, Todd Haley and then slurs began later in the feed. Then, the Kansas City Star reported Johnson allegedly yelled at a locker room reporter to “get your faggot ass out of here.”

GLAAD has called for actions against Johnson. A screen capture of his Twitter feed can be found on their page. However, Johnson’s @ToonIcon feed is now only open to approved followers. Johnson has since offered an apology but the New York Times noted he made no mention of the gay community.

The Dallas Cowboys played Kansas City earlier this month and won 26–20.

—  Rich Lopez