Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 9/20/12

Chad Johnson says he is taking anger management classes in response to the domestic violence incident that led to his divorce from ex-wife Evelyn Lozada.

Johnson told Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” that he is taking the classes to better manage his feelings so he doesn’t explode in the future.

“I’m taking classes — anger management classes — and I’m trying to find out how can I channel my anger when I’m in situations to where I would pop off. How can I diffuse those situations?” he said on the show.

Johnson also thinks the incident with his ex-wife is the reason he was released by the Miami Dolphins, not his play on the field.

“That was the reason. There’s no need to blow smoke up my a–. That’s the reason.”

Johnson told the show’s hosts that he takes full responsibility for the incident.

“I got to work on Chad. Chad has to work on Chad. Chad has to go deep down inside and figure out where he went wrong.

“At what point did he lose focus on what’s most important — especially the game of football.”

It does seem like Johnson has been humbled by his personal and professional downfall, so that could be good for him if he begins working on himself. But I will disagree with him about the reason he was cut — the incident is the primary reason, but it’s not like his football ability is stellar these days.

Also, if he is beginning to work on himself, may we make one suggestion? Stop talking in the third person. That shows you still have an enormous ego, Chad.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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