Ex-Chief Seeking Change of Venue in Lawsuit

6 years 2 months 3 weeks ago March 31, 2011 Mar 31, 2011 Thursday, March 31 2011 Thursday, March 31, 2011 7:27:00 PM CDT in Sports
Source: Assoicated Press

KANSAS CITY (AP) -- Former Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson wants a civil trial involving a confrontation with a woman at a bar moved out of Jackson County.

Johnson's lawyer told a Jackson County judge Wednesday that the former running back is so unpopular in the Kansas City region that it is impossible to get a neutral jury for the trial.

Johnson is being sued by a Lawrence woman for allegedly spitting a drink on her at a Kansas City bar in 2008. He pleaded guilty to disturbing the peace.

The woman's lawyer argued that Johnson's attorney had not proven Kansas City disliked Johnson so much that he couldn't get a fair trial. Johnson did not attend the hearing.

The Kansas City Star reports that the judge took the issue under advisement.

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