Former NFL RB Chris Johnson Denies Murder-for-Hire Allegations

Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson
Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson / Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

One of the best running backs of the late 2000s is accused of funding murder-for-hire shootings that left two men dead in 2016.

Former Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson is accused of paying a gang member after he had reportedly murdered two men who were accused of killing a close friend of Johnson in 2015.

Johnson was shot in 2015 in an incident that claimed the life of his friend Dreekius Johnson. Months later, a Florida gang member named Dominic Bolden is alleged to have killed the two men thought to be those who shot Johnson's friend. Johnson allegedly rewarded him with cash. He is also accused of helping Bolden rise within the ranks of a drug trafficking organization, but Johnson claimed he "didn't live that life."

Johnson, who became known as "CJ2K" after running for 2,000 yards during his second year in the league, made three Pro Bowls and ran for 9,651 yards in 10 seasons with the Titans, New York Jets, and Arizona Cardinals. Johnson has vehemently denied all the accusations made, saying there is "no validity" in any of these allegations.

Johnson has not been charged with a crime in any capacity, but these are still some ugly allegations that could change his post-football life.