There’s a big stink surrounding Cory Johnson’s next step in his football career.
The former University of Kentucky defensive tackle has been playing in the Canadian Football League (CFL) for the past couple of seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers but today signed a new deal with the Toronto Argonauts, giving everyone the perfect excuse to giggle at his nickname.
That nickname, no word of a lie, is “Poop”.
In fact, it’s all some people know him as. Often referred to as Poop Johnson, some might not even know his first name is Cory.
He’s in the news again because while the Argonauts decided to take the high road when announcing their new signing, the CFL opted instead to have a little bit more fun. To celebrate the news, the organisation released a statement with the headline: “Argos Ink Defensive Tackle Cory ‘Poop’ Johnson.”
It’s toilet humour, we know, but we’ll allow it.
The story behind how Johnson got his moniker is almost enough to make you feel sorry for the man who has more trouble than most controlling his volatile bowels, which have a mind of their own.
The football beast has had trouble maintaining his weight over the years, fluctuating from roughly 127kg to 136kg at different stages. But it’s not his fault, as he explained a few years ago during training camp before his first season at Kentucky.
“I guess because I poop so much,” Johnson told WLEX-TV when quizzed about his weight struggles. “I try to poop like five times a day, three times a day. It’s hard to keep weight when you’ve got so much going out.”
Kentucky linebacker Jason Hatcher started calling his teammate “Poop” after the revelation and the tag stuck, not that Johnson minds.
“The name kind of warmed up to me,” Johnson told The Courier-Journal in 2014.
“Once I leave my legacy, and when they show the highlights, it’s going to be Poop Johnson. I like it. When they say Poop Johnson, I say, ‘Yes, I am the s***, you know.’”