Home Confinement for Johnson

Johnson appears at the Circuit Court in Skokie, IL

Defensive tackle Tank Johnson has much to be thankful for this holiday season. Considering all the poor decisions he's made lately, he should be especially thankful that he is still a member of the Chicago Bears. Johnson appeared in court on Friday and was found in violation of his probation stemming from a gun charge in November 2005.

Judge John J. Moran found Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson in violation of his probation on Friday and set his bond at $100,000.

Johnson was sentenced to 24 hours of home confinement and is prohibited from opering a vehicle. He is only allowed to leave his residence to travel to work, and when he does so, someone else must drive him. According to Moran, "Absolutely no stops. Not for a drink. Not for a sandwich. Not even for a drive-thru."

Additionally, Johnson will need to request permission from the court to leave the state, including out-of-town football games. He was suspended for this Sunday's game in Detroit against the division rival Lions and will not be making the trip. The Bears are at home next week and have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, so after Sunday, the team would not play another game away from Soldier Field unless they advance to Super Bowl XLI in Miami.

Johnson asked permission to travel to Tempe, AZ in order to spend the Christmas holiday with his family, but Moran denied his request.

A third-year player out of Washington, Johnson was charged with six misdemeanor counts of possession of a firearm without a Firearm Owner's Identification card on Dec. 14. Police raided his home in the northern-Chicago suburb of Gurnee and found six weapons - including two military-style assault rifes - in addition to more than two ounces of marijuana. Johnson's childhood friend and self-proclaimed bodyguard, William B. Posey, was led from the residence in handcuffs and charged with felony marijuana possession.

The next night, Johnson and Posey were involved in a fight at Ice Bar, a trendy River North nightclub, that resulted in Posey being shot and killed. The Bears deactivated Johnson for last Sunday's game against Tampa Bay and have suspended him for Sunday's tilt with Detroit. The NFL could ultimately levee its own punishment to Johnson, but that would likely happen next season after due process has run its course.

Johnson was serving 18 months probation stemming from a gun charge in November 2005 when a valet found a firearm inside Johnson's sport-utility vehicle. He was also involved in a fight outside Level, another popular Chicago nightclub, this past February. Those charges were later dropped when the officer involved in the incident decided not to pursue the matter any further.

On top of his recent arrest, Johnson has apparently completed only eight of his mandated 40 hours of community service that was a condition of his probation. He has until May 3, the end of the probationary period, to complete his community servicement requirement.

If the judge ultimately rules in the county's favor, Johnson could face 364 days in Cook County Jail or even a longer sentence in a state prison.

Johnson has recorded 24 tackles and 3.5 sacks in 13 games for the Bears this season.

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