Reports: Chad Johnson Has A History of Domestic Violence, Abused Ex-Girlfriend
By: Taren Vaughan
Chad Johnson and Evelyn Lozada have had it rough these past few days. And it all began when Chad Johnson was arrested for domestic violence Saturday night for allegedly head butting his wife Evelyn Lozada during an argument over a condom receipt; Chad claims that Evelyn head butted him instead. According to police reports, Evelyn ran over to the next door neighbor’s house where he then (the neighbor) placed a call to 911. And listening to the 911 call, it was clear that the neighbor never wanted this incident to become public knowledge. The neighbor’s wishes weren’t granted as news of the domestic dispute hit the media with the quickness, resulting in Chad Johnson losing his spot on the Miami Dolphins’ roster and a cancelled VH1 show for the newly wed couple. Chad’s immediate release from the Dolphins, though according to the team’s head coach Joe Philbin was not based solely on this incident, ruffled many people’s feathers as Johnson was never known to be a violent player on or off the field. However, the question was still asked: Did Chad Johnson have a history of domestic violence before this all happened?
Despite what many thought, Johnson had been involved in a domestic dispute prior to this one with Evelyn.
The Miami Herald reports:
Raised in Liberty City, Johnson graduated from Miami Beach Senior High School, and the highlight years of his professional football career took place with the Cincinnati Bengals. Last year, playing with the New England Patriots, Johnson seemed permanently out of place, and he posted a sub-par 15 catches for the season.
Throughout his career, Johnson has been known for his playful antics, whether they be elaborate on-field touchdown celebrations or legally changing his name to “Chad Ochocinco” as a nod to his No. 85 football jersey.
This is not Johnson’s first domestic violence arrest. While in college, Johnson got into an altercation with his then-girlfriend Chevon Jex. After neighbors called police, Johnson was placed on probation for the offense, while also forced to take mandatory anger-management classes.
More information is still being gathered on the incident at this time.