Did anyone see what happened here? I notice it in the Transactions on the sports page, but I hadn't heard of it and this was all I could find online (for as much as I felt like looking):
(from af2.com) AF2 Headlines 6/4 - Johnson suspended for life; Bullard out for one year CRANSTON JOHNSON SUSPENDED FOR LIFE; THADDEUS BULLARD SUSPENDED FOR ONE YEAR
CHICAGO – Greensboro Prowlers DS CRANSTON JOHNSON has been suspended for life from arenafootball2 for actions against a fan during a game against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers on May 23. Prowlers OL/DL THADDEUS BULLARD has been suspended for one calendar year for his actions against another player after the same game, arenafootball2 Executive Director JAY MARCUS announced today.
Following his ejection for fighting, Johnson charged the stands and struck a fan.
In a letter to Johnson, Marcus wrote, "Your behavior was inexcusable and will not be tolerated in our game. According to the Fan’s Bill of Rights, our fans are within their rights to expect, among other things, a wholesome environment for guests and family members, free of violence, profane gestures and language or rude and invasive behavior that could in anyway interfere with a first-class entertainment experience.”
It is the first time in af2 history that a player has been suspended for life.
Bullard, who was involved in an off-field fight after the same game, was suspended for one calendar year. This was Bullard’s third altercation of the season. He was involved in two separate incidents in other games this season and was disciplined with fines and single-game suspensions.
Marcus said in a letter to Bullard. "Fighting has no place in the game of football and violent behavior cannot be tolerated under any circumstances. Your repeated failure to keep your emotions in check has resulted in this penalty.”
Marcus’ decision in both cases came as a result of extensive investigations, including consultation with Arena Football League Commissioner DAVID BAKER.
Washington Huskies, 2003 Pac-10 football champs. Coming soon.
I wasn't there, but I remember seeing things about it on the local news. With Cranston it really was that simple. He got ejected for fighting with an OL (Rich Butcofski) during the game, and fans were heckling him. So he charged and took a swing at one. With Bullard, he was in the locker rooms post-game and, allegedly, Butcofski wanted to shake his hand for a good game. Bullard told Butcofski not to touch him, and a fight broke out. I believe Cranston & Bullard both had disorderly conduct (and more) charges filed against them, but I'm not sure what happened after that. Here are the stories from our local papers:
All they had to do was tackle, and they could have been in good shape to win the game. In the 1st half alone there were 3-4 blatantly bad attempts at tackling that gave Philly big plays, including Westbrook's 1st TD and Thrash's run to the 1 yard line.