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Johnson, O’Donnell talk, work out together

April 15, 1997

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) _ New York Jets receiver Keyshawn Johnson tried to put a positive spin on his written criticism of Neil O’Donnell in a locker-room meeting with the quarterback.

In ``Just Give Me The Damn Ball: The Fast Times And Hard Knocks Of An NFL Rookie,″ Johnson wrote he suspected O’Donnell faked a season-ending calf injury, and called the quarterback a ``stiff puppet.″

``Keyshawn and I have no problem at all,″ said O’Donnell, who followed the locker-room talk Monday with a two-hour weight-lifting session with Johnson. ``We didn’t hide anything from each other. ... It’s not like my feelings were hurt. I just wanted to know exactly what was on his mind.

``He said, `You’ve got to read the book.′ He said he had respect for me, a guy who’s played in two AFC championship games, a Pro Bowl, a Super Bowl. He says he has no problem with me. ... Let’s move on with it.″

Johnson, also critical of offensive coordinator Ron Erhardt, receiver Wayne Chrebet and former coach Rich Kotite in the book, refused to speak to reporters, but was later interviewed by WFAN-AM.

``Why would I take anything back,″ Johnson said. ``It’s in the book. It’s the truth. It’s how I felt. I’m not backing off anything.″

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