The agent and attorney for Diontae Johnson fired back at the company that is suing the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver for failing to show up for an appearance hosting a youth football camp in May.
In a tersely-worded statement released to NFL Network on Tuesday morning, Johnson’s agent Brad Cicala and attorney Adam Kenner wrote: “The allegations that Diontae Johnson purposely failed to appear to his scheduled youth football camp are completely false.” Johnson’s representation called the lawsuit against Johnson “frivolous” and “nothing more than a money grab with unfounded expenses and charges.”
Johnson, who is in his fourth season with the Steelers, was booked to host a camp May 22 at Cupples Stadium on the South Side. The Connecticut-based company that was administering the camp, FlexWork Sports Management, alleges in its lawsuit that Johnson’s no-show incurred “significant costs” and created a “public relations nightmare” for the organization that runs youth football camps nationwide.
FlexWork’s suit alleges that Johnson made no effort to alter travel plans to get to Pittsburgh in time after his initial flight from Sarasota, Fla., to Pittsburgh was canceled the night before the camp.
Johnson “did not want to wait for his new flight time so he left the airport,” per the suit, and did not alert FlexWork that he would not be attending the camp until a text message 13 minutes prior to its scheduled start time.
Cicala and Kenner say that FlexWork was responsible for “failure to facilitate (Johnson’s) timely arrival.”