Tatum The Bell-Boy Responds: “I Ain’t No Thief”

When Tatum Bell was released by the Lions on Monday, he grabbed some luggage on his way out. The only problem - the bags Tatum took belonged to Bell’s incoming RB replacement, Rudi Johnson.

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And when Rudi’s bags were finally recovered on Tuesday, Johnson claims that he’d been cleaned out - he was missing “his identification, credit cards, about $200 in cash and some undergarments.”

However, Bell says Rudi’s ranting is wrong. It’s all just an honest mistake by an outgoing player trying to do a favor for a friend.

From the DETROIT FREE-PRESS:

(Bell) said he intended to pick up some bags for a former teammate, and he grabbed the wrong ones. He said he never opened the bags and doesn’t have anything of Johnson’s.

“I ain’t no thief,” Bell told the Free Press in a phone interview. “I ain’t never been one, and I ain’t never going to be one. It was all a misunderstanding.

“You can ask anybody I played with for all my years or anybody that know me, man. They know I ain’t never stolen nothing from nobody or had those kind of intentions.”

But Rudi isn’t buying Tatum’s tale. In fact, he’s going so far as to label Bell’s bag-napping as “some real shyster, conniving stuff, man.”

Johnson said he won’t press charges against Bell, but still doesn’t understand why Tatum would (allegedly) take his stuff:

“I got the bags back empty,” he said. “So he got a bunch of my underclothes. What he’s going to do with that, I don’t know. … He left the money clip, but he didn’t leave no money in it. He should have took the clip, too. …

“If anybody’s got some Perry Ellis boxers for sale, you know where they came from.”

We’ll keep an eye out on eBay for ya, Rudi.