By: Taren Vaughan
Chad Johnson saw things take an ugly turn within the blink of an eye after he was arrested for head butting his wife Evelyn Lozada a few weeks ago. The arrest resulted in Chad Johnson becoming jobless as the Miami Dolphins team cut him loose from their organization, caused him to lose endorsement deals and left him on his way to being single again as Evelyn filed for divorce shortly after the incident took place, a filing that, according to rumors, Evelyn supposedly only did because her and Chad’s VH1 show got cancelled after news of the domestic dispute got to the network. Not to mention the fact that the country that hosted Chad and Evelyn’s wedding is looking for all of their money back from the couple too. As for Chad Johnson’s past history with domestic violence, it was discovered that Johnson abused a former girlfriend of his, an act that he was required to put in hours of community service for. However, with this most recent incident concerning Evelyn, Johnson may be looking at some time behind bars.
Gossip Extra reported on the matter:
Ex-Miami Dolphins wide receiver Chad Johnson could be forced to serve at least one year in a state prison for allegedly assaulting his wife August 11 in Davie, Gossip Extra has learned.
While Johnson was originally charged with a misdemeanor for which he’d be unlikely to see the wrong side of the bars, his slapping a girlfriend in 2000 in California could force authorities here to upgrade the current case to a felony – with possibly 12 months in the big house!
Word is Johnson, formerly Ochocinco, pleaded no contest to assaulting that woman, whom he accused of cheating. Just weeks later, he reported to Oregon State University to play college ball.
Eventually, Johnson, 34, was sentenced to community service, which included cleaning up graffiti. He completed his debt to society in 2002 and went on to play for the Cincinnati Bengals.
Because of that prior incident, however, the Broward County State Attorney now could kick the current charge up to a felony, and mandatory prison.
“Florida law indeed gives that power to prosecutors,” said Fort Lauderdale attorney Paul Molle. Molle isn’t representing Johnson but specializes in domestic violence cases. “Whether the previous incident happened in California or Florida, it doesn’t make a difference. I’ve seen it done with other suspects.”
It’s unclear whether prosecutors are planning to do that with Johnson.
“Our office does not disclose our filing options with the media before charges are filed,” said State Attorney spokesman Ron Ishoy.
Johnson’s lawyer didn’t comment.
He is accused of head-butting wife Evelyn Lozada, a star of the VH1 reality show Basketball Wives. She has filed for divorce.