Veteran wide receiver Chad Johnson, of the Miami Dolphins, has been arrested in Davie, Florida, on charges of domestic violence. Johnson is alleged to have head butted his wife of only six weeks, Evelyn Lozada, after she reportedly found a receipt for condoms purchased by Johnson.
According to Davie Police Captain Dale Engle, the altercation occurred after the Johnson’s returned home from dinner at a nearby restaurant. Engle said,”It gets pretty heated. By the time they get home here in Davie it’s pretty heated. She alleges he leaned over and head butted her. He says she leaned towards him and that they butted heads. Needless to say she has a good laceration on her forehead.”
Johnson is being held in the Broward County Jail, where he is awaiting an appearance before a judge. Captain Engle said that Johnson may not appear in court before Monday.
Chad Johnson has been a very busy man lately. He was recently signed by the Dolphins after his release by the New England Patriots. After joining the Dolphins, the NFL receiver recently changed his name back to Johnson from Ochocinco. Johnson and his wife are also starring in this season’s Hard Knocks series on HBO.
His arrest promises to become a major issue for Miami Dolphins management. The recent White House initiative to prevent violence against women, 1 is 2 Many, has received a great deal of publicity and features star NY Giants quarterback, Eli Manning as the spokesperson for the NFL. There have been several other cases of pro football players arrested this year for domestic violence and the league may be forced to act. Certainly, this arrest puts the Dolphins in a very uncomfortable position.
His NFL future is probably not the most important thing on Johnson’s mind, while he spends the weekend in jail. Perhaps he is reflecting on the comments he made on last week’s episode of Hard Knocks, when he said he would get arrested during the off-season. In what turns out to be a self-fulfilling prophecy, Johnson was true to his word.
How do you think the Miami Dolphins should handle this situation? Do you believe Johnson can continue to play for the Dolphins or does he deserve to be cut from the team if he is convicted of domestic violence?