Chiefs find no evidence of Pryor's claims about 'N-word' directed his way Monday

Terez A. Paylor, The Kansas City Star on

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"I pray that didn't happen, but if it did, shame on them" Johnson said. "I have a lot of respect for our fans, so I would hope that didn't go on because that's a bad reflection of what we are at Arrowhead."

Johnson said he's had about 10 teammates over the years say they've heard the word at opposing stadiums, with the last incident coming about three or four years ago.

"Guys in the past have told me, 'Hey, somebody called me the 'N-word' before," Johnson said. "I've never heard it, it's never been said to me, but I have had guys say it has happened."

The Pryor drama occurred on the heels of Marcus Peters' blowup at a fan in the second half of the Chiefs' win. Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he addressed the incident with Peters and made it clear that as a professional, that can't happen.

Johnson said player and fan interaction isn't anymore vicious now than it used to be -- there are just more cameras now, so any incidents tend to get more coverage.

"This has been happening for a while now, as far as interaction with players and fans," Johnson said. "I don't get into it. When we're on an away game, people say stuff all the time to you. Not necessarily racist stuff, but I look at them, I smile or wink my eye at them or something. But I think it's part of the game."

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