As big of a goofball as Chad Johnson is, the one thing he has always been quick to point out is that he’s never been in trouble with the law since joining the NFL. Call him a distraction, a loudmouth, or whatever, but the guy wasn’t getting arrested like many other players in the league.
Davie Police Department captain Dale Engle confirmed to Larry Brown Sports that Johnson was arrested Saturday night on a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence for allegedly head-butting his wife during an argument outside their home in Davie.
According to Engle, Johnson and Lozada were returning home from dinner and got into an argument in their car over a receipt for a box of condoms. The argument allegedly became more heated as the two approached their home, and a fight ensued in the driveway.
Lozada alleges that her husband leaned in and head-butted her, leaving her with a laceration on her forehead. Johnson allegedly claims that she leaned into him and that the two bumped heads.
Lozada was treated on the scene by rescue and taken to the hospital.
Johnson was booked for simple battery, which is a misdemeanor. He will have to wait until Sunday or Monday to appear before a judge to be eligible for bond.
Chad and Evelyn were married on July 4 and have had a public relationship. Lozada is a cast member on VH1’s “Basketball Wives,” and the couple was filming a spin-off show for the channel. Johnson is a central figure in HBO’s “Hard Knocks” show about the Miami Dolphins. Ironically, on the show Johnson jokingly told his coaches he was going to get arrested on his off day.
The arrest puts Johnson’s future with the Dolphins in jeopardy. The team can avoid paying the wide receiver his $925,000 salary if they cut him before the start of the regular season.
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel first reported news of Johnson’s arrest.
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