HairOnFire Posted April 16, 2008 Report Share Posted April 16, 2008 Johnson says he won't attend team functions, demands tradeBy John ClaytonESPN.com(Archive)Updated: April 16, 2008, 2:15 PM ETCommentEmailPrintBengals wide receiver Chad Johnson left no room for doubt Wednesday: He wants out of Cincinnati as fast as possible and he doesn't plan on reporting for any future Bengal function -- mandatory or voluntary.JohnsonWhat spurred Johnson's immediate reaction was a statement made by quarterback Carson Palmer that indicated Johnson had told Palmer he would be at the team's mandatory minicamp in mid-June. Johnson said that wasn't true."I want to make this very clear,'' Johnson said Wednesday. "I don't know where he got that. I made no assertion to Carson that I would do that. Nothing has changed from what I've been saying for three months that I don't want to play for the Bengals.''Johnson made one of his strongest statements in saying he is not planning on reporting to any team functions because he wants to be traded."I want to be traded before the draft, and if that doesn't happen, I want to be traded as soon as possible,'' Johnson said. "I don't intend on reporting to anything.''Johnson is skipping the team's offseason workouts as he tries to push for a trade. But the Bengals have also made it clear that they have no plans of trading him.The Pro Bowl wide receiver said he was surprised by Palmer's comments about his possibly reporting to mandatory camp."I wish he would stay out of my business,'' Johnson said.John Clayton is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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