Former NFL receiver Chad Johnson has been arrested with bond set at $1000 following allegations that he has violated his probation. Johnson was on probation following an altercation with his then wife Evelyn Lozada.
A warrant had been issued earlier in the month after Johnson skipped a meeting with his probation officer, a violation of his one-year sentence.
Johnson is on probation because of a domestic abuse incident with his then wife Evelyn Lozada from the reality show “Basketball Wives.” According to a 911 call, Johnson headbutted Lozada, causing her to bleed bad enough that she required stitches after an argument between the two escalated in August of last year.
The former NFL wide receiver was known for his end zone celebrations and sometimes head-scratching antics throughout his career. The ex-Pro Bowl player famously changed his last name to “Ochocinco” in order to put that on the back of his jersey. Johnson spent his career with the Cincinnati Bengals and the New England Patriots, before a failed stint with the Miami Dolphins lead to his retirement from the game.
Johnson had a successful career in the NFL, playing at an elite level for 12 years and amassing over 11,000 career receiving yards along with a stellar 87 touchdowns. He spent eleven quality years in Cincinnati where he never had the talent around him to win a championship or take opposing defensive attention off of him, making his numbers all the more impressive.
After going to New England, he never quite materialized in Bill Belichick’s system, producing only 276 yards on 15 catches along with 1 touchdown with the club.
Beside football, the outspoken former star has also had his own TV show along with fellow diva-wide out Terrell Owens when the two starred in ‘The T Ocho Show’ which started in 2010.
Retirement is usually envisioned as a time when people fade from the headlines into a peaceful and quiet lifestyle for the rest of their days, but apparently Johnson didn’t get that memo. Perhaps this is a final attempt to capture the nation’s attention from the former all-star.
A judge has scheduled a hearing on the case for June 3rd in Broward County, Florida. No word yet on what punishment he could face if convicted. Not much is available as of yet, as the AP just broke the story an hour ago, updates will be posted as available.
Written By: Charlie Gille