It hasn't been a good week for football player Chad (formerly Ochocinco) Johnson. The NFL star was arrested Saturday night for physically attacking his reality star wife Evelyn Lozada; the Miami Dolphins then cut the 34-year-old wide receiver from the team, VH1 cancelled his upcoming reality show and his wife of six weeks filed for divorce.
If you thought Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries 72-day marriage was fast, think again. Lozada is filing for divorce just 42 days after she and Johnson exchanged vows in a July 4th ceremony in Miami that was filmed for VH1 cameras. Previously Lozado was a cast member on the VH1 reality series "Basketball Wives" (try to keep up) when she was engaged to NBA star Antoine Walker, with whom she had a decade-long relationship.
According to a police report obtained by TMZ, newlyweds Lozado and Johnson were unpacking groceries Saturday night when Lozado found a receipt for a box of condoms in the trunk. They sat in the driveway in their parked Smart Car, arguing, when Johnson grabbed Lozado and headbutted her. She was later released from the hospital with a three inch gash on her forehead. In a classic case of He Said, She Said, Johnson claims his wife initiated the violence.
Football player CHAD OCHOCINCO and reality star EVELYN LOZADA (Credit Image: © Nancy Kaszerman/ZUMAPRESS.com)
On her divorce petition, the 36 year-old Lozada cited the marriage to Johnson as “irretrievably broken.”
Known for his big personality and crazy antics on and off the football field, Johnson seemed made for TV. He raced a horse in 2007, did an Irish step dance following a touchdown in 2005, and proposed to a cheerleader the same year, according to NFL Total Access. The 6' 4'', 190-pound football player also appeared as a contestant on "Dancing With the Stars" and starred in VH1's "The Ultimate Catch," a 2010 reality dating show in which he considered potential female mates in a tournament-style format.
As a football player, Johnson spent his first 10 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, earning six Pro Bowl selections. The southern Florida native struggled last season with the New England Patriots, then signed a one-year contract during the off-season with the Miami Dolphins.
Johnson and Lozada were prominently featured in the recent first episode of HBO's "Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Miami Dolphins."
The couple were also tapped to headline a reality show on VH1, "Ev and Ocho," which was set to debut on Sept. 3, but the cable channel decided to cancel the series. According to The New York Times, eleven episodes about the couple’s engagement and wedding were taped this year, including a two-part season finale. "We've seen plenty of hearts broken over four hit seasons of Basketball Wives, but with a little luck, true love may finally win out in the new series Ev & Ocho," began the promo. VH1 released this statement on Monday:
Due to the unfortunate events over the weekend and the seriousness of the allegations, VH1 is pulling the series ‘Ev and Ocho’ from its schedule and has no current plans of airing it.
Johnson, who tweets often, and is known for being outspoken, has been silent since Saturday. Today, Lozado released her official statement about the incident.
“It is with great sadness and much trepidation that I release this statement addressing the domestic violence incident that happened this past Saturday," the reality star wrote in an email via her publicist. "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."
Hard to feel sorry for the guy though. Bad week or not, it seems he's getting exactly what he deserves. Now the question is: does he deserve another chance?
UPDATE: Johnson released a statement on Tuesday afternoon.
"I would like to apologize to everyone for the recent events that have occurred," Johnson's statement read. "I would like to wish Evelyn well and will never say anything bad about her because I truly love her to death. I will continue to be positive and train hard for another opportunity in the NFL. To all the fans and supporters I have disappointed, you have my sincerest apologies. I will stay positive and get through this tough period in my life."
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