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The soap opera that is the Detroit Lions


According to a report from the AP.

Tatum BellDetroit running back Rudi Johnson said Wednesday that the player who was waived to make room for him on the Lions’ roster—Tatum Bell — took his luggage from team headquarters.

“All this happened when he got released,” Johnson said. “He came in to get some stuff out of his locker and that’s when he scooped up the bags.”

After being cut by the Cincinnati Bengals, Johnson came to Detroit to work out for the team and meet with Lions president Matt Millen on Monday. During the meeting, which ended with Johnson agreeing to a free-agent contract, the two Gucci bags that he had received as a Pro Bowl gift were taken from inside the team’s headquarters.

A message seeking comment was left Wednesday with Bell’s agent, Kennard McGuire.

Johnson met with the Detroit media for the first time Tuesday, and talked about Bell in a positive manner—saying they had discussed the Lions and that Bell, also a running back, had given him advice on the team and the city.

However, shortly after Johnson praised Bell, team security director Ricky Sandoval showed him footage from the team’s surveillance system.

It’s a rather odd story and how fitting that it happened in Detroit.  Do you ever hear stories like this coming out of New England or Indianapolis?  The Detroit Lions can’t even cut a player properly.