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DAVIE, Fla. (AP) -- As the Miami Dolphins took the field for practice Sunday, Chad Johnson was getting out of jail.
Hours later, he was out of work.
The Dolphins terminated the six-time Pro Bowl receiver's contract about 24 hours after he was arrested in a domestic battery case involving his wife.
Johnson had been released from jail on 2,500 bond earlier Sunday after his wife accused him of head-butting her during an argument in front of their home. Johnson was charged with simple domestic battery, a misdemeanor.
The confrontation came barely a month after Johnson married Evelyn Lozada, who is on the reality TV show "Basketball Wives." The 34-year-old Johnson had been battling for a spot on the team after a disappointing season with the New England 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. "We're not going to waste time. ... We're all in this thing together. Everybody that sets foot in this building, we're all held to a high standard."
Only five days earlier, Philbin said Johnson's roster spot could be in jeopardy if he didn't temper his freewheeling behavior. Johnson annoyed the coach by frequently using profanity during a session with reporters.
Johnson's defense attorney, Adam Swickle, said an order has been issued that prevents Johnson from contacting Lozada. Swickle declined to comment further.
Johnson -- who recently changed his name from Chad Ochocinco -- was arrested Saturday after Lozada confronted him about a receipt she found for a box of condoms, police said. According to an arrest affidavit, Lozada said she was taking groceries into their home when she found the receipt in the car trunk.
When the two were seated back in the car, they began talking about the receipt and their marriage. That's when Johnson got upset and head-butted his wife, the report said.
Lozada ran to a neighbor's house and called police. A responding officer said Lozada had a 3-inch cut on her forehead, according to the affidavit, while Johnson did not have any visible marks or bruises. When questioned by police, he confirmed there was an argument over the receipt, but said his wife had head-butted him.
Even before his arrest, Johnson was battling 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 quickly Saturday, an off day for the team.
"I was shocked," tight end Charles Clay said. "Of course, you don't want things like that to happen."
Johnson has long been known for outlandish antics that annoyed his teammates as well as coaches. Philbin, a first-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 first team meetings, I said, Guys, I'd love to stand up here and tell you we're never going to have a problem here in Miami,'" Philbin said. "Do we want high-character guys? Yes. All 31 other coaches are going to say the same thing. But I specifically told them on April 10 that there will be problems that arise and you have to deal with them honestly and openly and directly. You've got to learn from mistakes and move on, and you can't hide from the problem."
If 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 past four seasons but changed his name back to Johnson after his July 4 wedding. The name was a playful reference to his uniform No. 85.
Johnson and Lozada were prominent in the recent first episode of HBO's "Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Miami Dolphins."
VH1's "Basketball Wives" is filmed in Miami and also features Shaunie O'Neal, the former wife of former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal. Lozada is the former fiancee of NBA player Antoine Walker.
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For now, Chad Johnson is still a fringe sports figure. Because of that, the seemingly trivial details of his personal life are still at least somewhat relevant. It should come as no surprise, then, that Johnson's wife, Evelyn Lozada, has reportedly filed for divorce from Johnson. According to TMZ.com, Lozada filed the legal documents for the divorce on Tuesday afternoon. The...
Ok kids, I don’t think this one is for Hard Knocks, Basketball Wives or their own reality show. Chad Johnson was arrested in Miami for domestic violence. Johnson is accused of headbutting his wife Evelyn Lozada during an argument in the car per the Miami Sun Sentinel. The argument allegedly started over a found receipt [...]
Evelyn Lozada is ending her 41-day-old marriage to Chad Johnson after the football star was arrested for allegedly head-butting her over the weekend.
Danika Berry, a rep for the VH1 reality star, confirmed reports that Lozada filed for divorce on Tuesday.
Earlier, Lozada issued a statement saying Johnson - who was cut by the Miami Dolphins after the Saturday arrest - ''...
Chad Johnson says he still loves Evelyn Lozada - even though the reality star has filed to end their 41-day-old marriage.
Lozada filed for divorce Tuesday after Johnson was arrested for allegedly head-butting her during an argument Saturday. The football star was dropped by the Miami Dolphins the next day.
In a statement on his website - OCNN - Johnson apologized for his action...
Evelyn Lozada says Chad Johnson ''needs help.''
The reality star issued her first statement Tuesday since the football star's arrest for allegedly head-butting her. The altercation took place in the Miami area Saturday.
Lozada says she's ''deeply disappointed'' that her estranged husband hasn't taken responsibility for his actions. She...
Chad Johnson is out of a job in the football business and now in show business as well. VH1 has dropped its plans to produce a reality show based on the wide receiver's marriage to Evelyn Lozada, which was to be called Ev and Ocho. In the light of the wide receiver's arrest for allegedly head-butting Lozada after an argument police said stemmed from a receipt for condoms...
Evelyn Lozada filed for divorce from Chad Johnson three days after he allegedly head-butted her during an argument in their driveway. Lozada claimed the marriage is "irretrievably broken" in legal documents filed in Florida. Johnson was arrested following a 911 call on Saturday night after an argument started when Lozada claimed she found a receipt for a box of condoms...
Miami—The Miami Dolphins are presumably still reeling from the arrest last night of their WR Chad Johnson.
Johnson’s bail was set this morning at $2,500 and he has been ordered to stay away from his wife/reality star Evelyn Lozada.
Please click the link below to read this story and watch a video of Lozada.
Twitter allows athletes who have opinions to express them freely without filter. No team rep telling them what they can and cant say, if something comes to their mind, they can type it in 140 characters.
But with great power, comes great responsibility.
Terrance Knighton, defensive tackle of the Jacksonville Jaguars, took to Twitter to give his thoughts on the Chad Johnson / Evelyn...
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) -- Six-time Pro Bowl receiver Chad Johnson was released Sunday night by the Miami Dolphins, about 24 hours after he was arrested in a domestic battery case involving his wife, a person familiar with the decision said.
The person confirmed the decision to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Dolphins hadn't announced the move.
Chad Johnson has been arrested on domestic violence charges for allegedly head-butting his new wife during an argument. According to a report by Darin Gantt on profootballtalk.com, Johnson’s new wife, Evelyn Lozada had lacerations on her forehead when the police arrived at the scene.
Johnson is in his first year with the Dolphins and it the process of resurrecting his career after...
Anyone who ever said that B-list quote unquote actresses and athlete are a good mix clearly has not been paying attention over the past few years.
Following charges of an alleged head butt that led to his almost instant release from the Miami Dolphins, it appears as if the incident will cost Johnson his job and his marriage.
Evelyn Lozada, who has only been Mrs. Johnson for 41 days...
Chad Johnson's Mug Shot Saturday Night
HT: Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel
The Miami Dolphins took a chance that Chad Johnson
(formerly Ochocinco, formerly Johnson) and about now the organization might be
regretting that move.
Late Saturday night Johnson was arrested after what
Davie, FL police say he head butted his wife.
According to Davie police, (insert your...
According to Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald, one unanimous Dolphins player is happy that Chad Johnson is no longer on the team.
“This is a solid locker room we don’t need no clowns here,” the player texted Salguero.
That’s pretty harsh, since I really believe we don’t know the entire story of what happened with Johnson and his wife Evelyn Lozada. I’m...