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Bears Waive Tank Johnson

The division rival Chicago Bears made a surprising move yesterday when they waived defensive tackle Tank Johnson.  Johnson was suspended for the first 8 games of the season and would really need to stay trouble free in order to get back on the field, but that changed after last week.

The Bears stood by and supported Tank Johnson throughout a series of transgressions, but violating the club's no-tolerance policy cost him his job.

The Bears on Monday waived the troubled defensive tackle, who had been pulled over and arrested by police in Arizona at 3:30 a.m. Friday.

"We are upset and embarrassed by Tank's actions last week," said general manager Jerry Angelo. "He compromised the credibility of our organization. We made it clear to him that he had no room for error. Our goal was to help someone through a difficult period in his life, but the effort needs to come from both sides. It didn't, and we have decided to move on."

It's sad to see players like Tank Johnson and Pacman Jones throw their lives away, but I think it's necessary for the NFL to get rid of guys like this.  They are given so many second chances that you would think they would learn eventually.  However, incidents continue to pop up and this is what it leads to: being suspended and then waived altogether.

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