DAVIE, Fla. — As the Miami Dolphins took the field for practice Sunday, Chad Johnson was getting out of jail. Hours later, he was out of work. The Dolphins terminated the six-time Pro Bowl receiver’s contract about 24 hours after he was arrested in a domestic battery case involving his wife. Johnson was released from jail on $2,500 bond earlier Sunday after his wife accused him of head-butting her during an argument in front of their home. Johnson was charged with simple domestic battery, a misdemeanor. … “We’re going to deal with this,” Philbin said before Johnson was released. “We’re not going to waste time. … We’re all in this thing together. Everybody that sets foot in this building, we’re all held to a high standard.”… Johnson…was arrested Saturday after Lozada confronted him about a receipt she found for a box of condoms, police said. According to an arrest affidavit, Lozada said she was taking groceries into their home when she found the receipt in the car trunk. When the two were seated back in the car, they began talking about the receipt and their marriage. That’s when Johnson got upset and head-butted his wife, the report said. Lozada ran to a neighbor’s house and called police. A responding officer said Lozada had a 3-inch cut on her forehead, according to the affidavit, while Johnson did not have any visible marks or bruises. When questioned by police, he confirmed there was an argument over the receipt, but said his wife had head-butted him.
Here’s what I wrote back on July 25th:
My first bold prediction of the year: Johnson doesn’t last the season in Miami. He’s a guy who can only operate in a basic offense, running standard routes. Cincy dumped him when they installed Jay Gruden’s West Coast. Joe Philbin is bringing his version of the West Coast to the Dolphins and there’s no way he thrives in it. There’s just too much timing and precision. The only reason Johnson was brought in is because they Dolphins are on “Hard Knocks” this year and aside from Ryan Tannehill’s wife, they’re the dullest team in football. Johnson’s there to liven things up, the way Heather Locklear was always brought in to save dying TV shows. And the Chad Johnson show will be cancelled, mark my words.
Since you’re probably wondering, the answer is: No, it doesn’t. Being right all the time does not get old. Granted I said they’d cut him because he’d never grasp the offense, not because Evelyn would catch him buying rubbers and he’d end up giving her a Chris Benoit. But I see no reason to nitpick. The fact remains I was right. That said, the Dolphins can’t stop sounding so sanctimonious about this. They laid down with a dog, they should expect to get fleas. They knew what they were doing when they brought the Ochocinco Circus to town and they have no right to act surprised when the clown shows up.
I’m not suggesting Johnson is a bad guy necessarily. He’s never been arrested before. And the fact that he’s even using condoms is something we should all applaud. Hell, the Jets would’ve made him team captain just for that alone. My beef with Johnson is that a long time ago he stopped being a football player and became something else: a Reality TV star. Then to make things worse, he married another one just like him. And that’s a whole other species of animal. Attentionus Whoreus. Once you’ve let the world into every aspect of your life, it does something to a person. It gets so you can’t live without the attention. It’s a drug, 10,000 times more addictive than Oxycontin. It’s why every year the Bachelorette is on the cover of “People” breaking up with her brand new soulmate a week after the show ended and why Octomom does porn. Because once you’ve been on a Reality show you can never live without all that attention ever again. I mean, this whole “she found a receipt for his condoms” thing sounds less like real life than a plot out of “Queen of Jordan” . Ocho wasn’t coming to Miami to fit in, learn the playbook and help win football games. He was coming because he wanted air time on HBO. And the Dolphins wanted someone who’d give them storylines for “Hard Knocks.” Well he gave them Hard Knocks. Literally. They just can’t expect us to believe they thought they were getting a football player. @JerryThornton1