At ESPN’s pre-draft party, there was some ESPN guy asking every draft prospect ridiculous questions that were sent in by fans. I happened to be standing there few a few of them, including Lane Johnson’s. The ESPN guy would set up the question off camera with the prospect, then say 1-2-3 go, hit the record button, and the prospect would give their answer. He must have asked Lane Johnson some dumb bear question, and out of context it looks like Lane Johnson is just making stuff up about wrestling bears.
The same guy asked Dion Jordan if he’d rather fight 10 duck-sized horses or 1 horse-sized duck. Out of context, you could really make Dion Jordan look like a crackhead.
So no, Lane Johnson is not trying to look like a badass by making up stories about wrestling bears. It was just ESPN being ESPN.