Calvin Johnson: Lions told him to change concussion story

Calvin Johnson: Lions told him to change concussion story

DETROIT (AP) Former Detroit Lions star receiver Calvin Johnson says the team wanted him to change his story regarding one of the many concussions he had during his nine-year NFL career.

Johnson told Sports Illustrated he blacked out against Minnesota in 2012 and later told reporters he had a concussion from the game. He says the Lions wanted him to change his story about what happened.

The Lions responded by saying the team makes player well-being a priority.

Johnson says he also smoked marijuana after every game. His post-playing career includes being involved in the cannabis business, getting preliminary approval earlier this year for a medical marijuana dispensary in suburban Detroit.

The 33-year-old Johnson retired three years ago with 11,619 yards receiving and 83 touchdown receptions. The three-time All-Pro had 1,964 yards receiving in 2012, breaking Jerry Rice’s single-season record set in 1995, and the mark still stands.

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