Cameras have been on Chad Johnson ever since early August as a result of a domestic confrontation he had with his then wife. Johnson avoided possible jail time for domestic battery charges by agreeing to plead no contest to a misdemeanor, based on a report from Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk. Johnson is currently a free agent after being released by the Miami Dolphins.
The court withheld adjudication, which means that he was not convicted of any crime and the no contest plea is not an admission of guilt, Swickle added.
“I think what is important to note here this is resolution allows him to put this incident behind him and move on with his life, his career,” Swickle said.
According to Davie Police, his then-wife Evelyn Lozada found a receipt for condoms and confronted Johnson about it at dinner. The argument continued during their drive home, and when they arrived at their driveway, he allegedly head-butted her.
He must also pay Lozada unspecified restitution.
The charges date back to an incident last month when Johnson reportedly head-butted his wife Evelyn Lozada during an argument. Lozada filed for a divorce shortly after the encounter, and it was recently finalized, according to TMZ.
The six-time Pro Bowl player long known as Chad Ochocinco was arrested as a result of the incident.
To Johnson’s credit, he has taken full blame for the situation and hasn’t tried to escape the negative spotlight that has followed. He recently sat down with the crew from Inside the NFL to discuss what he’s gone through in a straightforward interview.
The report states by pleading no contest, Johnson agrees to attend classes for anger management and cease any contact with Lozada. He could have gone to jail for nearly a year if the case had continued without an agreement in place.
The veteran wide receiver has made it clear throughout the process that he would still like to get another chance in the NFL. It’s unknown if any team would be willing to rely on an aging wideout with so much baggage, however.
Although he seems genuinely remorseful about what happened, Johnson’s football skills had already begun to diminish before the Dolphins decided to cut him. He caught just 15 passes last season for the New England Patriots and hasn’t topped 1,000 yards in three years.
As for now, he should be worried more about getting his life back in order after a period of time that has clearly had a major impact on him.
Despite all of Johnson’s on-field antics, he comes off as a good guy who made a bad mistake. How he responds is the key.