Keyshawn Johnson speaks out on son leaving Nebraska

Keyshawn Johnson, Jr. walks on the field at Memorial Stadium prior to the Red-White Spring Game, April 15, 2017 (NTV News)

Keyshawn Johnson used his outlet on ESPN's SportsCenter to share his reasoning for taking his son out of Nebraska.

Keyshawn Johnson Jr., an early enrollment student-athlete, was cited with marijuana possession at Nebraska earlier in June.

Johnson Jr. ,“found himself getting into things that he shouldn’t have been getting into—smoking weed," said his father.

“I know everybody’s like, ‘Smoking weed is not that big of a deal. It’s just like wine and beer and cigarettes and cigars.' Yeah, that’s true. But the problem is: They say 'Don’t do it,'” Johnson said. “We don’t want you doing it in the NFL. We don’t want you doing it in college sports. Don’t do it.”

“If you want to be successful in life, then that’s not the road to take today,” he said. “If you want to smoke weed when you’re 30 years old, do it all you want. In fact, I’ll buy you a forest if that’s the case. But you’ve got to graduate from college. You have to set yourself up for the rest of your life.”

Johnson also says his son has to prove to the coaches at Nebraska and the program if he wants to return to Lincoln.

“He’s going to learn from his mistake. He’ll be better from it,” Johnson said. “If he doesn’t want to play football, don’t play. Because I’m not living vicariously through you. I already played. I don’t need your money, so if you want to play sports, if that’s what you really, truly, honestly want to do, then you need to show me, show Nebraska, show Mike Riley and Keith Williams, the receivers coach, that these are the things that you want to do so you can graduate from school.”

Johnson Jr. may return to the Huskers for the spring semester in 2018.

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