Chad Johnson's wife reportedly files for divorce, says receiver needs help
Lost in the hubbub of Chad Johnson's arrest for allegedly head-butting his wife and his subsequent release from the Dolphins has been the potential legal ramifications for Johnson.
UPDATE (4:03 p.m. ET): According to TMZ, Lozada will file for divorce. She claims the marriage is "irretrievably broken."
UPDATE (12:17 p.m. ET): Evelyn Lozada has released a statement, via the Huffington Post:
“It is with great sadness and much trepidation that I release this statement addressing the domestic violence incident that happened this past Saturday. I am deeply disappointed that Chad has failed to take responsibility for his actions and made false accusations against me, it is my sincere hope that he seeks the help he needs to overcome his troubles. Domestic violence is not okay and hopefully my taking a stand will help encourage other women to break their silence as well. I’m grateful to my family, friends and fans for the outpouring of support during this difficult time."
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His football career is probably over -- not to mention his upcoming reality show -- but that doesn’t mean his involvement with the legal system is finished yet.
As the AP notes, if Johnson were to be convicted of domestic assault, he could face up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. But we have a long way to go before we get to that point -- we’re not even sure if the state attorney’s office will move on the case or if Johnson’s wife, Evelyn Lozada, will continue to want to file charges against Johnson.
But the Davie, Fla., police department released the 911 tape (via the Palm Beach Post) made by a neighbor after Lozada ran to his house following her alleged incident with Johnson. Click the link here if you’re interested in listening.
During the middle of the call, after the neighbor called the incident a “misunderstanding” and described the 3-inch cut on Lozada’s forehead, the 911 operator asked if the alleged attacker was white, black or Latin.
“If we can, let’s not make a big scene about it until the police get here,” the neighbor said. “We’re worried he’s going to get mad, and he’s a high-profile person. … We don’t need the news here.”
The neighbor also mentioned that he didn’t want Johnson entering his home and getting mad at him.
Other than that, there isn’t much new here. But it does give us an insight into the mood of the evening, and it’s an interesting portrait into the last night of Ochocinco’s employment with the Dolphins.
Speaking of which, here’s Dolphins coach Joe Philbin on why the team released Johnson so quickly:
“When he came in on June 11, we sat down and talked, and I was very clear as to the expectations of the program,” Philbin said. “We take into account the overall body of evidence to determine whether an individual is the right fit for this organization, and more specifically, this football team.”
And this: “It’s not about one person flexing his muscles. It wasn’t done to send a message. It was done because it just didn’t feel right.”
As CBSSports.com’s Pete Prisco notes from Monday's practice, Johnson is dead to the Dolphins at this point. Perhaps, just like his career.
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