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Back rips 'fake' fans

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 20, 2013 at 08:35 PM
AUSTIN, Texas -

Titans running back Chris Johnson seems to be finding out about the downside of Twitter during his contract holdout.

Johnson tweeted Wednesday to "fake Titan fans" to shut up. Fans are calling him greedy and saying his demands are too high.

Johnson went on to write, "I don't have a regular job so don't compare me to you and I can care less if uthink I'm greedy."

He earlier tweeted his thanks to people praying for him through his "situation."

Johnson has more than 441,000 followers on Twitter. He has refused to report until he gets a new contract.

Johnson's comments made headlines on the Internet and became a hot topic on talk radio. The running back returned to Twitter on Wednesday afternoon to defend himself, writing that he was targeting fake fans because real fans wouldn't be upset with his comment.

The Titans have said they are willing to make him the highest paid running back in NFL history, but no deal has been reached.

Benson begins serving jail term

Bengals running back Cedric Benson started serving a 20-day jail term to settle two misdemeanor assault cases.

The former University of Texas star was sentenced Monday and had planned to surrender Oct. 17, during Cincinnati's bye week. Travis County Jail records show Benson was booked late Tuesday.

Benson's jail time could be shortened with possible credit for time served when arrested.

The 28-year-old Benson was arrested in 2010 for allegedly punching a bar employee in Austin, an incident that earned him a meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell but resulted in no punishment. He pleaded no contest to a charge of assault with injury in that case.

He also was arrested last month for allegedly punching a former roommate in downtown Austin. He pleaded no contest to a charge of assault with bodily injury with family violence, and that will be dismissed if he performs 30 hours of community service and pays an undisclosed amount of restitution to the victim.

49ERS: Frank Gore signed his three-year extension, keeping the two-time Pro Bowl running back with the team through 2014. Gore agreed late Tuesday to the $21 million deal, with $13.5 million in guaranteed money.

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