Keyshawn Johnson ‘in full support’ of son’s extended leave from Nebraska football

Keyshawn Johnson will not play wide receiver for Nebraska this fall, as he is taking an extended leave of absence from the football program and returning home to California. Johnson, a freshman, was cited for suspicion of marijuana possession earlier this month.

His father, former USC and NFL wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson, told the Omaha World-Herald that he is “full support” of the decision, which was a mutual one among himself, Nebraska coach Mike Riley and the athletic department. Riley was the offensive coordinator at USC when the elder Johnson played collegiately.

Johnson wants his son to “mature” for six months before he decides whether to return to Nebraska. And Johnson didn’t hide his disappointment with his son. Among his quotes to the Omaha World-Herald:

  • “You’re in college now,” Johnson Sr. said. “You’re an adult. You’re not a kid. You take a look at it from afar and let me know how important it is to you.”
  • “One thing you will not do as my son is you will not embarrass Nebraska, you will not embarrass Mike Riley and you will not embarrass this family,” the elder Johnson said. “If you mature and you’re ready to resume your football career and academic goals, then Nebraska will be ready to embrace you.”
  • “You’ve watched — on Instagram, on Facebook, on Twitter — everything’s a big party,” Johnson Sr. said. “You just want to get to college to party, but you don’t understand: You’re playing college football. It’s a business. And it’s a serious business. If you want to become successful — make it to the NFL — you’ve got to embrace it. You’ve got to own it. You don’t make it to the next level by cruising. There’s no cruise control.

The younger Johnson shared the following post on Twitter on Tuesday night:

Johnson, a four-star recruit in the Class of 2017, enrolled at Nebraska a semester early in January.