Former Penn State running back Larry Johnson is back in the news and not for good reasons.
Johnson, who also starred in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs among other teams, was featured this week in an “Insider” story posted to Yahoo News.
“A former NFL player has been freely tweeting anti-Semitic conspiracy theories amid a wave of celebrities spreading similar hate.”
Johnson’s Twitter can be strange, at times. And, at other times, downright disturbing.
The biggest issue this time, according to the report, is that Johnson has been sharing anti-Semitic conspiracy theories — primarily that a “Jewish cabal,” is involved in human trafficking, murder, pedophilia, human sacrifice and child torture.
It gets gross.
Johnson Tweeted that he was proud of the racial disparity between African American people and his imaginary “Jewish Cabal” because African Americans “overwhelmingly underperform” in the area of human trafficking, sex trafficking, pedophilia, ritualistic child torture, perversion and human sacrifice/murder than the make believe “cabal.”
It’s far out there and completely vile stuff.
Johnson told The Washington Post that he believed he had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) — the brain disease caused by repeated concussive and sub-concussive blows which has been found in football players — in 2017.
But, for those who think Larry might have completely lost it, the ideas he tweets don’t appear to be entirely of his own making. He appears to share ideas from the conspiracy theory group, QAnon.
And, to explain QAnon, its members seem to believe that President Donald Trump is attempting to take down a large group of elites — movie stars and other high-profile figures — who are pedophiles. But, it’s not that simple. The Qs appear to believe the people Trump is attempting to have jailed are so powerful that he has to speak about what he is doing in codes. Codes that the make-believe, powerful, pedophile elites he is trying to take down, somehow, cannot understand, but Qs can.
Of course not.
And, perhaps, that’s why a recent report said terrorism experts have targeted group members as a threat to national security.
Johnson’s posts travel outside the QAnon rubbish, though, and they, reportedly, have for some time. And the “Insider” story details the depths of some of them.
And, the story said, it’s apparently something Johnson isn’t shy about backing up. The story said one user called him on his anti-Semitic posts about the made up “Jewish Cabal,” he responded with laughing emojis and wrote, “I’d tell it to your face if you prefer.”
The “Insider” story said Johnson has also had tweets of Holocaust denial, and said his podcast, “Sight to the Blind,” “often spreads misinformation and anti-Semitic rhetoric” and was recently suspended by its distributor, Audioboom.
— Follow Brian Linder on Twitter, @SportsByBLinder
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