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    Midway through the third quarter of Thursdays NFL exhibition game at Arrowhead Stadium, long after Id decided Larry Johnson had had another productive night, I asked Kansas Citys media-relations staff where was locker-room leader Priest Holmes.

    Hes here, but I havent seen him, said Pete Moris.

    Hes here somewhere, offered Bob Moore.

    You might think Im a little obsessed with Priest Holmes and his comeback. Maybe I am. I find it rather fascinating the dishonesty of it, the attention its receiving on HBOs Hard Knocks, his comments about taking some of Larry Johnsons money.

    There were no great developments during the Chiefs excruciatingly boring 11-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins. Trent Green looked old, kicker Justin Medlock looked like a mistake, Damon Huard looked like a backup, Brodie Croyle looked inexperienced and talented, and the Chiefs looked like a team that will struggle to score and fill the seats all season.

    Oh, and Larry Johnson looked brilliant for continuing to hold out and demand more guaranteed money. Michael Bennett and Kolby Smith just arent the kind of threats that will relieve pressure on Kansas Citys struggling quarterbacks.

    And Priest Holmes, the man who promised to be a leader, an inspiration to his young teammates, a symbol of mans ability to overcome any obstacle, well, I still dont know where he was Thursday.

    He wasnt on the sideline. Hey, maybe there was some sort of emergency and Priest couldnt attend Thursdays game. If so, Moore and Moris, Carl Petersons right- and left-hand men, knew nothing about it. (I hope Gretz doesnt get jealous reading all this stuff about Moore and Moris.)

    When the Chiefs finally do sign Johnson, I believe Holmes will get what hes wanted all along his unconditional release. He doesnt want to play for the Chiefs. Not under his current contract.

    Why play for $870,000, when he can sign a contract with a team in his home state Dallas or Houston for the same money with maybe a few incentive bonuses?

    When Holmes opened his mouth about wanting Johnsons money, I took it as a demand to be cut. Holmes knows his comments infuriated Larry, one of the most sensitive players in professional sports.

    The two running backs have never gotten along. They coexisted for two years. No way they coexist now. If you thought Larry was upset about Dick Vermeils diaper remarks, he has to be livid with Holmes.

    Theres an unwritten and respected rule among professional athletes that you do not inject yourself in any way into another mans contract negotiations. Brett Favre broke that rule when he criticized Javon Walker for staging a holdout. Favre is an NFL legend who gets a free pass for his shortcomings, especially from media representatives.

    Holmes wont get a pass from Johnson. He doesnt deserve it in the Chiefs locker room, either. His whole Kansas City comeback bid is a farce. Hes sucking up airtime on Hard Knocks as a marketing tool.

    You might read this and think I dislike Priest Holmes. I dont. We did some events together when he was in his heyday. I wrote in favor of him receiving a contract extension. I just dont like the way he has handled things since he was injured at San Diego. I have no problem with him playing games with Peterson. Thats business. Its Holmes manipulation of the media that bugs me. And his jealousy directed at Johnson.

    Im not in the tank for Johnson, either. This offseason I presented both sides of the LJ debate. I pointed out the reasons the Chiefs shouldnt pay him, and I allowed LJ to make the case for why hes more mature and why he should be paid.

    Its still a very difficult decision for Peterson and the Chiefs. But Priest Holmes should have nothing to do with the decision. He has virtually no interest in playing here.

    After the contest, I asked Herm Edwards whether his 33-year-old locker-room leader was at the game.

    He was here, Edwards said. I think he mightve been up (in a suite) because he didnt want to do any interviews.

    Hmm. Thats the first one hes turned down in three weeks.
    THAT quarterback is NOT a Pro Bowl quarterback. Never was and never will be.

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    Isn't the guy still on PUP???


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chiefster View Post
    Isn't the guy still on PUP???
    Yeah CP even said that in the broadcast booth last night.
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    Whitlock annoys the f**k out of me, but on occasion he makes good points, Holmes should keep LJ's name out his mouf.




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    Quote Originally Posted by swmochiefsfan View Post
    Whitlock annoys the f**k out of me, but on occasion he makes good points, Holmes should keep LJ's name out his mouf.




    Agreed! is annoying!


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    The fact remains that Preist shouldnt talk about another player's contract dispute, situation, w/e... Priest is my boy, but that was kinda wrong, imo...
    Thanks for all the yards, TDs, and memories, Priest!

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    Quote Originally Posted by m0ef0e View Post
    The fact remains that Preist shouldnt talk about another player's contract dispute, situation, w/e... Priest is my boy, but that was kinda wrong, imo...
    Yeah; it comes a crossed as some vain attempt to somehow jolt LJ's pride.


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    Quote Originally Posted by m0ef0e View Post
    The fact remains that Preist shouldnt talk about another player's contract dispute, situation, w/e... Priest is my boy, but that was kinda wrong, imo...
    You're right. He shouldn't be interjecting in that way. But damn, is he ever right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chief31 View Post
    You're right. He shouldn't be interjecting in that way. But damn, is he ever right.
    Yeah; he's right but he's wrong!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chiefster View Post
    Yeah; he's right but he's wrong!
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