A 24-year-old woman claims that Larry Johnson intentionally spit his drink in her face at a Kansas City nightclub earlier this month, according to a police report released Monday. No charges had been filed or citations issued as of Monday, but Kansas City police said they were continuing to investigate the Oct. 14 incident at Club Blonde. The NFL is also conducting an investigation. Johnson, who has been accused by a woman of criminal offenses four times since he joined the Chiefs five years ago, could eventually be suspended for violating the league’s personal-conduct policy.
*Mike Singletary is the new head coach of the San Francisco 49ers after the team fired Mike Nolan Monday in the wake of four straight defeats – the latest being Sunday’s 29-17 loss to the New York Giants. Singletary, the famed centerpiece of the Chicago Bears’ defense on their 1986 Super Bowl team, has been at Nolan’s side since 2003, when he worked for Nolan on the Baltimore Ravens’ coaching staff. Singletary interviewed for a handful of head coaching vacancies in recent years, but was out of the NFL from the end of his playing career in 1992 until joining the Ravens. “I am confident that Mike Singletary’s leadership ability, along with his experience as both a Hall of Fame player and coach, gives him the ability to turn our season around,” said general manager Scot McCloughan.
*New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush underwent surgery on his left knee Monday following an injury suffered during a punt return in Sunday’s 30-7 loss to the Carolina Panthers. “He has been a big part of what we have been able to do offensively and it’s an injury that we have to deal with,” said head coach Sean Payton. “Hopefully on a short-term basis rather than a long-term basis, and it sounds like that’s the case.” It’s unclear when the will be back with the team. Bush sustained cartilage damage, and some athletes have missed several months because of surgery to repair similar injuries. Aaron Stecker or Pierre Thomas will be called on to play alongside Deuce McAllister in the backfield.
*Former Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick, the 24-year-old brother of former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, has pleaded guilty to drunken driving, eluding police and driving on the wrong side of the road, says Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney spokeswoman Amanda Howie. Marcus was arrested in June after fleeing from a bicycle patrol officer who saw him and a woman involved in a dispute. He was stopped minutes later. A judge suspended a 12-month jail sentence on the DUI charge, but Vick must pay $530 in fines and lose his license for a year. The athlete was cut from the Virginia Tech team in 2006 after a series of problems. The Miami Dolphins released him a year later.