As the Dolphins took the field for practice Sun., Chad Johnson was getting out of jail. Hours later, he was out of work.
The Miami Dolphins cancelled the 6-time Pro Bowl receiver’s contract about 24 hours after he was caught in a domestic battery case that involve his spouse.
Johnson was released from jail on $2,500 bond earlier Sun. after his other half accused him of head-butting her during an discussion in front of their home. Johnson was charged with simple domestic battery, a misdemeanor.
The confrontation came hardly a month after Johnson married Evelyn Lozada.” The 34-year-old Johnson had been fighting for a spot on the team after a disheartening season with the Patriots in 2011.
Following Sunday’s practice, Coach Joe Philbin said he would meet soon with Johnson.
”We’re going to deal with this,” Philbin said before Johnson was released. ”We’re not going to mess around…. We are all in this thing together. Everybody that sets foot in this building, all of us are held to a high standard.”
Only 5 days earlier, Philbin expounded Johnson’s roster spot could be in danger if he didn’t temper his freewheeling behavior. Johnson annoyed the coach by often using profanity in a session with reporters. Baseball lines
Johnson – who lately changed his name from Chad Ochocinco – was restrained Saturday after Lozada confronted him about an invoice she found for a box of condoms, police said. According to an arrest affidavit, Lozada said that she was taking groceries into their home when she found the bill in the car trunk.
Even before his arrest, Johnson was struggling to salvage his career. He was released by the Patriots after totaling only 15 receptions last season. He dropped the lone pass thrown his way Friday night in the Dolphins’ first exhibition game.
News of the arrest spread speedily Saturday, an off day for the team.
”I was shocked,” tight end Charles Clay said. ”Of course, you do not want things like that to happen.”
Johnson has for a while been famous for outlandish antics that annoyed his colleagues as well as coaches. Philbin, a 1st-year head coach, talked with his players about Johnson’s arrest before the player was released.
”I reminded them that on April 10 in our 1st team conferences, I revealed, ‘Guys, I would really like to stand up here and tell you we’re not going to have an issue here in Miami,”’ Philbin asserted. ”Do we want high-character fellows? Yes. All 31 other coaches are going to say the same thing. But I particularly told them on April 10 that there will be problems that arise and you need to handle them truthfully and overtly and directly. You’ve got to learn from mistakes and move on, and you cannot hide from the problem.”
If found convicted, Johnson faces a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. He could also receive community service, probation or anger management classes.
Johnson was known as Ochocinco for the previous 4 seasons but changed his name back to Johnson after his July 4 marriage. The name was a high-spirited reference to his uniform No. 85.