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The Jaylon Johnson situation should be another warning sign

If you missed it, yesterday Jaylon Johnson took to social media to post about a fine he received from Matt Nagy and the Chicago Bears for arriving to practice at 8:16 when he needed to be there by 8:15. The fine cost him nearly $3,000.

I know, I know. This is a drop in the bucket for a millionaire, right? Yes, this might be true, but don’t forget that the people fining Johnson are billionaires. If we break down Johnson’s salary on a weekly basis for 23 weeks (18 regular season weeks, three preseason weeks and two training camp weeks), then Johnson is being fined nearly 5% of his pay. For those of you who get paid bi-weekly, it’s 2.3% of his pay.

If my employer were to start fining me for showing up one minute late, I’d be looking for a new employer. For those of you who like the phrase “if you are early, you are on time and if you are on time you are late”, please join us in the current century. This concept is ridiculous to me. Now, this is a team sport and it’s important that players all be available to train and practice together, but we are talking one minute. I repeat, one minute.

Now, the fact that Jaylon Johnson took to social media shows me two things. One, he’s young and social media is a big part of his life. Two, and more importantly, in my opinion, he does not respect Matt Nagy and the Bears organization enough to not air his dirty laundry to the public. This is not a good sign for Nagy, who I wrote about not too long ago as being on the hot seat. Although Johnson took down his post, I don’t think it was out of respect, it was more likely he was threatened with further consequences.

I have plenty more to say on this, but I’m going to leave it at this for now.