Miami Dolphins cut Chad Johnson after domestic violence charge
An official tweet came through the Miami Dolphins twitter account, that wide receiver Chad Johnson has been terminated; this news following the weekend arrest for domestic violence in which Johnson allegedly head butted his wife.
The Miami Dolphins have terminated the contract of WR Chad Johnson.—
Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) August 13, 2012
Johnson was arrested Saturday night at his Florida home after allegedly head-butting his newlywed wife, authorities said.
According to the arrest report from the Davie Police Department released Sunday, the NFL player’s wife returned to the couple’s home in that southern Florida city from grocery shopping shortly after 7 p.m. and noticed a receipt with a charge for a box of condoms.
Johnson and Evelyn Lozada, a cast member on the VH1 reality TV show “Basketball Wives,” whose time together is set to be subject of an upcoming show, married on July 4.
After Lozada’s discovery, the couple began talking about the sales receipt and their marriage, according to the arrest report.
“As they were talking, Johnson became upset and without (his wife’s) permission, grabbed her and butted her on the forehead, causing a laceration,” the police report said, giving the alleged victim’s account.
After trying to calm down a screaming Johnson, his wife said she ran “to a neighbor’s house to get away from” him.
A Davie police officer soon responded to the area and found Johnson’s wife with an approximately 3-inch cut on the center of her forehead.
Officer Christopher Epps then went to the couple’s home, where he found the football player, the arrest report said. Johnson confirmed there had been an argument over the sales receipt, saying his wife had been yelling and that “she then head butted Johnson” to cause the cut to her forehead.
Johnson did not have “visible marks or bruises,” the arrest report said.
His wife indicated she wanted to press charges, signing an affidavit of complaint indicating as much, according to police. She was transported to Westside Regional Medical Center in Plantation, Florida, to be treated for her injuries.
Johnson appeared Sunday before a county judge on a domestic violence charge and his bond was set at $2,500, the Davie Police Department said in a press release.
He posted bond and was released from the Broward County Jail later in the day, his lawyer Adam Swickle said.
The football player was known as Chad Ochocinco — a Spanish take on his jersey number, 85 — before his marriage last month.
The prolific tweeter, with four posts on Saturday alone though none about the incident, is known as much for his vibrant personality as his play on the field.
He starred in VH1’s “The Ultimate Catch,” a 2010 reality dating show in which he considered potential female mates in a tournament-style format. A new reality show about his and Lozada’s courtship and marriage, “Ev and Ocho,” is set to premiere September 3 on the same network, according to its official website.
Johnson spent his first 10 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, earning six Pro Bowl selections. The southern Florida native spent last season with the New England Patriots, then signed in the off-season with the Dolphins.
CNN’s Douglas Hyde and Maria P. White contributed to this report.