Former NFL defensive end Trevor Pryce and CSNBayArea.com columnist Ray Ratto join Jim Rome to discuss if the Miami Dolphins cut Chad Johnson too soon. Watch "Rome" - Weeknights 6 ET on CBS Sports Network.
When the Dolphins signed Chad Johnson days after the Patriots released him there was some speculation that the decision was a PR stunt, a move to breathe life into a hapless organization that had just agreed to be featured on HBO's Hard Knocks this preseason. The first episode, which premiered last Tuesday, was a resounding success partly because we all got to gawk at Lauren Tannehill but also because of the Johnson subplot.
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The former Pro Bowl wide receiver was coming off his worst season in the league -- a 15-catch effort with New England. He seemed re-energized with the second chance he'd been given in South Beach, even if he was playing for the veteran minimum, $925,000. But the return of "The old Chad" wasn't warmly embraced by everybody, particularly first-year head coach Joe Philbin who took exception with Johnson's introductory press conference where he regularly dropped f-bombs and joked of a life in the porn industry if football didn't work out (at least we think he was joking).
And while Johnson is many things to manny people, one thing he's not is dumb. He's a genius when it comes to self-promotion, whether it be the touchdown celebrations, the sideline silliness or more serious endeavors like OCNN, the T. Ocho Show, Hard Knocks, or the upcoming VHS 1 reality series featuring Chad and his new bride, Evelyn Lozada.
Except that now, following Johnson's arrest on domestic violence charges for allegedly head-butting his wife, everything from his full-time job to the television sideshow is gone. The Dolphins wasted little time releasing him, needing just 11 words to do it: "The Miami Dolphins have terminated the contract of WR Chad Johnson." That was Sunday. A day later, VH1 followed suit.
Update on Chad Johnson TV show: VH1 says it's "pulling the series 'Ev and Ocho' from its schedule" & has "no current plans" to air it.— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) August 13, 2012
The show was to feature Mr. Johnson, previously known as Chad Ochocinco, and his new wife, Evelyn Lozada, who was a star of the VH1 series “Basketball Wives.” (She was previously engaged to the basketball player Antoine Walker.) Eleven episodes about the couple's engagement and wedding were taped this year, including a two-part season finale. The first episode was scheduled to be shown on VH1 on Sept. 3.
Although Johnson's television career could be resurrected at some point, his NFL future is less certain. At 34, he's lost a step, and after what happened in New England in 2011, there won't be much interest in his services. Then again, Terrell Owens is back in the league and who thought that was possible?
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