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Carolina Panthers DE Charles Johnson Calls Out Teammates via Twitter

November 21st, 2012 at 8:30 AM
By Jesse Collin

It's been a frustrating season for the Carolina Panthers.

The team is 2-8, but, if you take away a handful of plays, they could easily be 8-2.

After the Panthers' most recent meltdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson took to Twitter to express his frustration with the team's inability to close.

While Ron Rivera supports Johnson's message, the second-year Panthers head coach wishes the criticism would have stayed in-house.

“I have no problem with that” Rivera told the Charlotte Observer. “He's a captain. If he sees something he finds disturbing, it should most certainly be pointed out.

“I think what he's done is he's stepped out. He said, guys, everybody has got to have the right kind of attitude. I appreciate that 100 percent. I wish he had done it … behind closed doors, but he didn't. It's out there. I'm going to support that.”

Johnson published the tweet less than an hour after the Panthers' crushing overtime defeat, so it's clear his emotions were still raw when he hit the "Tweet" button.

Nonetheless, the sixth-year pro has no regrets about going public with his message, which has currently been retweeted more than 220 times. He did, however, say that the tweet wasn't targeted at any specific players.

“I'm not going to apologize or nothing for it,” he said. “I didn't try to throw nobody under the bus or anything like that. It was just how I felt at the time.”

Johnson, who signed a six-year, $72 million contract last offseason, leads the Panthers with 8.5 sacks this season.

Tags: Carolina, Carolina Panthers, Charles Johnson, Football, NFL, Ron Rivera

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