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Calvin Johnson Is Still Upset with How the Lions Treated Him After He Announced His Retirement
It’s been over a year since Calvin Johnson shocked the NFL by announcing his retirement following concerns about his health. While he had been loyal to the Lions throughout his career, he’s now revealing that they may not have repaid the favor after learning he was leaving the team.
Speaking to the Detroit Free Press, he offered a few rather vague words on the matter:
“I don’t even like to talk Lions too much just because the way our relationship ended,” Johnson said when asked about his No. 81 being retired. “If they see me around here, we’ll see. But hey, I don’t know.
“I just didn’t feel like I was treated the way I should have been treated on the way out. That’s all. I mean, it’s all good. I’m not tripping. I don’t feel any kind of way, just hey, that’s what they did. Hey, it is what it is.”
Some of the bad blood might be the result of the team requiring he pay back a portion of his signing bonus for cutting his contract short. That wouldn’t appear to be a personal slight, but being put on the hook for $3.2 million could make anyone a little crabby.