Eddie Johnson's turbulent second season with the Seattle Sounders hit a new low on Wednesday as the striker was banned from practice, according to the Seattle Times.
The Times reported that Johnson, 29, wasn't held out of practice due to his recent groin injury but rather due to disciplinary action. The club didn't further elaborate about the nature of his punishment but this latest news displays the current tension between Seattle and Johnson.
Johnson was seen visibly upset after leaving the Sounders' training ground and posted some interesting comments on Instagram shortly after.
"I believe in treating people right, but I'm not going to waste my time trying to treat somebody right who doesn't know how to return the treatment," Johnson wrote.
Another post read: "Don't let your loyalty become slavery. If they don't appreciate what you bring to the table ... let them eat alone."
Johnson, who makes $175,000 annually, is said to be frustrated with his current salary as he has led the team in scoring over the past seasons with 23 goals in 49 appearances. Johnson publicly vented his frustrations by doing a "pay me" celebration after scoring against Columbus earlier this season.
The Sounders haven't announced whether Johnson will be held out of the club's season-ending match versus the Los Angeles Galaxy, with head coach Sigi Schmid only saying "it's up in the air."
Seattle has failed to pick up a single point in its past four matches.