Keyshawn Johnson was an NFL wide receiver for 11 years with the New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, and Carolina Panthers.
Throughout most of that timespan, he was a polarizing figure.
Keyshawn Johnson and his "throw me the damn ball" Jon Gruden actually paid him to go home.
— Nick (@bklynjoker90) July 13, 2015
If it was up to Jon Gruden, every player in NFL history would be in the Hall of Fame. Well, except Keyshawn Johnson
— Ryan (@Isley23) September 23, 2014
After his football career was over, he went on to be an on-air studio analyst for ESPN.
Guess what? Johnson was a polarizing figure there, too.
Someone has to explain to me why ESPN/SportsCenter has Keyshawn Johnson (ex NFL player & analyst) breaking down the Rockets trade for CP3.
— Matthew Hatfield (@hatfieldsports) June 28, 2017
Something changed the public’s perception of Johnson in 2014 when the Super Bowl XXXVII champ had a run-in with pop singer Justin Bieber in Calabasas.
The story goes that Johnson had one of his kids in his car in his gated community when Bieber sped past them in his Ferrari.
Justin Bieber & Keyshawn Johnson — Intense Reckless Driving Confrontation http://t.co/XASWnd31xq
— TMZ (@TMZ) May 28, 2013
Johnson was pretty mad, so he dropped his kid off then headed out to Bieber’s house. Johnson blocked Bieb’s Ferrari with his Prius (let that sink in) but Bieber ran inside and eventually, the police came out and handled the situation.
Suddenly, Johnson wasn’t such a bad dude in people’s eyes.