Johnson reportedly remains upset with the organization for making him repay $1.6 million for retiring before the 2016 season. The Hall of Fame wideout made it clear that he wants no part of Detroit until he gets what’s owed.
On Sunday, Lions owner Sheila Ford Hamp addressed the controversy with Johnson. Speaking to FOX 2’s Jennifer Hammond, Hamp said that the organization still holds Johnson in high regard and hopes to work things out with him in the future.
“We love Calvin, the organization loves Calvin, my family loves Calvin and we are hoping we can work this all out with him,” Hamp said. “We think he’s terrific and we’re so excited for him.”
Sheila Ford Hamp on if it will be tough if Calvin doesn't thank the organization: "We love Calvin, the organization loves Calvin, my family loves Calvin and we are hoping we can work this all out with him. We think he's terrific and we're so excited for him."
— Jennifer Hammond (@HammerFox2) August 8, 2021
Calvin Johnson played nine seasons for the Detroit Lions, breaking records and retiring as the franchise’s all-time leading receiver. But the team’s refusal to give him the money he says he’s owed appears to have kept him from maintaining a good relationship with the franchise.
Over the weekend a report emerged that the Lions were willing to let Johnson earn the money back. The team reportedly offered Johnson $500,000 a year for three years in exchange for some work for the franchise.
But Johnson refused the alleged offer, saying that he should be paid what he’s owed.
It’s an unfortunate state that the Lions and their all-time leading receiver find themselves in.
We can only hope the situation doesn’t get nastier over time.