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The Tatum Bell-Rudi Johnson incident

We should have a story up on our website from earlier today about former Lions running back Tatum Bell allegedly stealing two Gucci bags, cash and credit cards from his replacement Rudi Johnson.

Johnson said he saw surveillance tape of the incident and spoke to Bell Tuesday after he got his bags back with nothing in them. Along with about $200 in cash and the credit cards, Johnson was missing an assortment of boxer shorts, socks and undershirts. The bags were taken from the Lions locker room and returned by a female acquaintance of Bell's.

"If anybody's got some Perry Ellis boxers for sale, you know where they came from," Johnson said.

Johnson said he won't press charges. —"I'll handle it," he said. "I don't need anybody else" — and Lt. Mark Koller of the Allen Park Police Department said there would be no investigation unless Johnson files a complaint.

I've left messages for Bell's agent and tried a cell phone number that I talked to Bell on earlier this summer that's no longer in service. He told the Free Press that it was a misunderstanding and that he was picking bags up for ex-teammate Victor DeGrate, who also was released last week.

You can take that story for what it's worth — no verification yet from DeGrate, who went to the same high school and college as Bell, or his agent — but Johnson said he isn't buying whatever tale Bell told him. He said it was some "real shyster, conniving stuff" and that Bell looked "suspect" on video.

"He tried to make up some excuses," Johnson said. "He tried to blame it on somebody else. Something that didn't make no sense so I wasn't really trying to entertain something that didn't make any sense. But he knows where I stand."

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