Deal includes anger-management courses

Updated: February 19, 2004, 5:41 PM ET
Associated Press

OLATHE, Kan. -- The Chiefs' Larry Johnson must perform community service and attend anger-management courses for prosecutors to drop charges he threatened a former girlfriend with a gun.

Johnson County District Attorney Paul Morrison said Thursday the running back also must stay out of trouble for two years.

"We try to look at the case on its merits without looking at who did it," Morrison said. "While we certainly don't want to give professional athletes a break we wouldn't give someone else, we don't want to treat them harder."

Johnson was charged last December with aggravated assault and misdemeanor domestic battery after fighting with a former girlfriend. The charges will be dismissed if he completes the program, which includes 120 hours of community service.

Johnson, who played at Penn State, was Kansas City's first-round draft choice last year but played sparingly.

"We are grateful for the granting of Larry's diversion; he is a great young man and he'll make the best of it," said Johnson's attorney, Kevin Regan.

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