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Former Jets RB Chris Johnson accused in murder-for-hire plot

Chris Johnson. REUTERS/Daron Dean

Former All-Pro NFL running back Chris Johnson has been accused in court documents of taking part in a murder-for-hire plot that resulted in the shooting deaths of two men in 2016, as first reported by TMZ

Johnson has denied such allegations, though he has not been formally charged with any crime as of yet. 

Documents read that Johnson, 34, paid a gang member in cash after the man allegedly killed two men who were believed to be connected with the murder of Johnson’s friend in 2015. 

Johnson and his friend, Dreekius Johnson, were sitting in a Jeep in Orlando, FL on March 8, 2015 when someone opened fire on the vehicle at approximately 4 AM. 

Chris was hit in the shoulder and made a full recovery, but Dreekius was killed. 

Per court documents obtained by TMZ, it is suggested that it was an attempted gang hit on the NFL running back. 

Almost one year later in Jan. 2016, Dominic Bolden killed two men who were believed to have been Johnson’s attackers. Informants told officials that Johnson paid Bolden and helped promote him to “a leader of a famed drug trafficking organization (DTO) in Florida.” Johnson is believed to be a member of said DTO.

Johnson spent just one of his 10 NFL seasons with the Jets. He rose to fame with the Tennessee Titans, where he rushed for 2,006 yards and 14 touchdowns during his second season in 2009.

He ranks 35th on the NFL’s all-time rushing list with 9,651 yards.

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