Stevie Johnson's A Twitter Twit
By Stan Chrapowicki
It might be time for Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson to be a Twitter quitter.
On April 3, Johnson tweeted the following: “War is nothing to be played with. I apologize North Korea .... but if ya’ll do bomb 1st... Bomb Foxboro, Mass. Sincerely, #BillsMafia”.
Johnson’s feelings about Foxboro are somewhat understandable – the Bills have gone 0-11 at Gillette Stadium since it opened in 2002 and the New England Patriots have won the AFC 10 times in the last 12 years – but nothing can justify his tweets. For what it’s worth, five-time NBA champion Dennis Rodman – not the most representative U.S. representative – actually spent time in North Korea on a “basketball diplomacy” mission to the turbulent Asian nation, and left without doing or saying something as insensitive as Johnson’s remarks.
Johnson eventually came to his senses, apologizing for his comments and deleting his tweets after posting his final thoughts on the Patriot tweaks:
“i know some of yall took it too serious.. but i have Much Respect for The Pats along with Every other NFL Team. Gonna to be a Great #NFL2013,” Johnson tweeted, following that message up by saying, “PatsFans i lo...like yall also. ask any1 in my fam. ive said TheBoro is my fav place to play-bkuz you Pats fans are Live! BUT not for long.."
This isn’t the first time Johnson has used Twitter to say some controversial things. In 2010, after dropping a pass that would have given the Bills an overtime victory over the heavily favored Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo fans watched in horror as Ben Roethlisberger & Co. marched down the field on their way to decisive a field goal and a 19-16 win. For some reason, Johnson took to his favorite social media website and decided to pin the loss on none other than God:
"I PRAISE YOU 24/7!!!!!!" "AND THIS HOW YOU DO ME!!!!! YOU EXPECT ME TO LEARN FROM THIS??? HOW???!!! ILL NEVER FORGET THIS!! EVER!!! THX THO..."In a 2011 game against the New York Jets, Johnson caught a 5-yard TD pass, got up and mocked being shot in the thigh, clearly making fun of then-Gang Green receiver Plaxico Burress, who served 20 months in prison for shooting himself in the leg in a nightclub in 2008 while he was with the New York Giants.
Johnson then ran to the left side of the end zone mocking the “flight” celebration Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes often used that season after scoring, and fell to the ground, being flagged for excessive celebration on the play that gave Buffalo a 14-7 lead. That penalty was enforced on the kickoff and helped the Jets score the tying touchdown in a game the Bills would go on to lose, 28-24. To no one’s surprise, Johnson went on Twitter to deliver his postgame thoughts:
“Im just being myself man I dnt regret being the real me 24/7 and u shouldn't either. I dnt knock yall for gettin at me like this. Ima G haaa.”