Chris Johnson allegedly funded shootings that left two men dead.
According to court files garnered by TMZ Sports, ex-NFL star Chris Johnson has been accused of coordinating a murder-for-hire plan that resulted in the deaths of two men in 2016.
While Johnson hasn't officially been charged with a crime, prosecutors are developing a detailed case that places him under center of the grim situation.
Johnson allegedly paid a Florida gang member named Dominic Bolden to off two men who were suspected of shooting him and his friend Dreekius Johnson in a "gang related murder attempt." This initial attack occurred in Orlando, Florida, back in March 2015, and while Johnson survived the attack, his buddy died from his injuries, sadly.
You can see the former All-Pro running back's gruesome bullet wound on his shoulder in the Instagram picture below.
"Me getting shot made me think different," he admitted in the caption.
Now, law enforcement officials are claiming that a few months after Johnson was targeted, Bolden shot and killed two men – one on Jan. 19, 2016 and the other on July 24, 2016 – who were believed to be the shooters in the March 2015 incident.
In addition to rewarding Bolden with cash, officials are saying Johnson also helped elevate him to a leading role in a notorious drug trafficking organization (DTO) in Florida. Johnson allegedly helped operate the drug ring.
When the news broke, CJ was quick to publicly deny all allegations. "Everybody I'm good that news is not true," the 34-year-old wrote on his Instagram story.
He also tweeted about the story: "False news!!!!!"
For those who haven't witnessed Johnson in prime football shape, he's one of the most electric backs in NFL history. Racking up 2,006 rushing yards during the 2009 season, he belongs to an elite club of just seven players to have ever rushed for over 2,000 yards.
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