Chad Johnson signs with CFL’s Montreal Alouettes


Chad Johnson is set to continue his football career next year, but those of us who live in the United States will not be watching him play on TV. The former NFL wide receiver officially signed a contract with the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes on Thursday.

Alouettes general manager Jim Popp said over the weekend that Johnson was scheduled to work out with the team in Vero Beach, Fla. earlier this week. Apparently Popp and the Alouettes liked what they saw.

Johnson is 36 and has not caught a pass in a live game since he was with the New England Patriots in 2011. He finished with just 15 catches for 276 yards that season and has had nothing but off-the-field problems since.

Johnson is hoping his post-NFL career turns out better than his buddy Terrell Owens’ did. While it would be understandable if you forgot, TO spent some time with the Indoor Football League’s Allen Wranglers back in 2012 and they ended up buying out his contract and ownership stake in the team for $50. He later demanded money from the team and threatened legal action.

Best of luck, Chad.

Photo: Twitter/Alouettes

Report: Chad Johnson to work out for CFL’s Alouettes

Chad-Johnson-DolphinsChad Johnson has likely played his last snap in the NFL, but that does not mean his football career is over. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the former Miami Dolphins wide receiver is scheduled to work out for the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes this week.

“Talks did take place (and) have escalated over the last week,” Alouettes general manager Jim Popp told Rapoport.

The Alouettes are the team Marc Trestman coached for five seasons and led to four division titles before becoming the head coach of the Chicago Bears. They are also the same CFL team that once held the rights to Tim Tebow while his NFL career was in limbo.

After spending seven days in jail last year for infuriating a judge with a playful butt slap in court, Johnson said that he wanted another shot in the NFL. No team was willing to sign him and he has not caught a pass in the NFL since his disappointing 2011 season with the New England Patriots.

Despite not having played in more than two years, Johnson is still just 36 years old. Assuming he has kept in shape, it’s not out of the question that he could contribute in the CFL.

Chad Johnson: Marvin Lewis saved Ray Lewis from getting beat up by me


Chad Johnson appears to have entered that phase in his life where you remember things from your career a lot differently than they actually happened. Was the artist formerly known as Ochocino one of the best receivers in the NFL for years? Sure. Could he beat up Ray Lewis? Haha, that’s a good one.

On Thursday, Johnson shared a probably untrue story with his Twitter followers about the time he tried to fight Lewis after Lewis supposedly knocked Johnson’s helmet off “unnecessarily” during a game.

“He went out the side door, Ed Reed had to talk me out of putting these paws on Ray,” Johnson wrote. “(Second) time we played the Ravens I caught Ray slipping in pre-game, I stepped to him, he started preaching, I was like the Lord can’t help you!

“So I square up ready to go from the shoulders and Ray is steadily reciting a scripture and I’m ready to rumble, I’m like let’s run it WTF!!! Long story short Marvin Lewis broke it up and saved Ray from getting beat up in pre-game.”

Long story slightly less short — Marvin Lewis saved Chad Johnson from getting the beating of a lifetime.

Of course, Johnson was probably joking. He has to know Lewis would demolish him if the two ever got into an actual fight. While Johnson’s off playing video games all the time, Lewis is probably in a dark room somewhere watching film of his most ferocious hits and sweating bullets.

Thanks to LBS reader Manny

Chad Johnson says he’ll buy remaining Bengals playoff tickets to avoid blackout

chad-ochocincoThe most underrated storyline in sports this week has to be the lack of sellouts for playoff games across the NFL. As of Thursday morning, the Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers — I know, right? — still had tickets available for their upcoming playoff games. The teams are hoping to avoid a television blackout by selling out. According to Chad Johnson, the Bengals don’t have to worry about it.

Earlier this week, Johnson tweeted that he’ll buy any unsold tickets from his former team if a sellout is not achieved before Sunday.

At the time Johnson made the comment, Reedy noted that he would need close to $1 million to buy the remaining tickets. That figure has likely gone down since Tuesday, but does the artist formerly known as Ochocinco have that kind of money to be throwing around anymore?

Johnson may go out to eat with fans from time to time and pick up the tab, but don’t expect him to keep this promise. The hope is that the Bengals sell out anyway. If you can’t sell out a playoff game, you’re doing something wrong.

H/T Eye on Football

Chad Johnson has new girlfriend – fashion designer Kimi Kouture?

Chad Johnson girlfriend Kimi Kouture

Chad Johnson was pretty sprung on Evelyn Lozada, who divorced him following their domestic violence incident in Aug. 2012. Chad was initially refusing to sign the divorce papers because he wanted her back. But that relationship is long over, and it looks like Chad has a new girlfriend.

Over the past few months, Chad has been interactive with model/fashion designer Kimi Kouture over social media, and the two have shared intimate pictures of each other.

This was shared by Kimi on Sept. 17:

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Chad Johnson defends butt slap, wants another shot in the NFL

Chad-Johnson-mugshotChad Johnson was released from jail on Monday after serving seven days of what was supposed to be a 30-day sentence. Johnson wound up in jail after a playful pat of his lawyer’s butt infuriated the judge, but he was later released after she accepted his apology. The former Miami Dolphins receiver talked about the incident on “Good Morning America” Tuesday morning.

“That’s the way I’ve always interacted throughout life, just in general,” Johnson explained, via Pro Football Talk. “I know there’s a certain thing called courtroom etiquette, which I’ve never really been part of the court system. It was a light tap. It wasn’t in any way to disrespect the courtroom. And really I didn’t think anyone would see it, because it was actually my third time doing so.”

It’s easy to see why Judge Kathleen McHugh was angry that Johnson was goofing around and made the entire courtroom laugh, but most people feel that sentencing him to jail over it was excessive. However, Johnson said he doesn’t blame her for the decision.

“I supported her in her decision to give me the sentence that she did, basically after me not meeting the criteria and the guidelines that I was supposed to meet in a certain amount of time,” Johnson said. “With them not being done within that time, I felt that it was right of her to sentence me to 30 days. She had given me a gift before and there was no reason to treat me any different than anyone else.”

As for the future of his NFL career, Johnson said he feels he deserves another shot.

“I think everyone deserves a second chance,” he said. “Many would say I might not deserve it. I would like to finish my career off the right way. I don’t want the last thing to be remembered, you know, well Chad was cut from the Dolphins for an incident he had with his wife.  I would love to grace the football field one more time and to help some team.”

Johnson’s future prospects in the NFL may have more to do with his recent performance and less to do with his off-field issues. Aside from the fact that he could potentially create a distraction, Johnson was a non-factor with the New England Patriots. Some team may take a chance on him for cheap money, but it’s probably not worth the risk.

Chad Johnson released from jail after apologizing to judge

Chad-Johnson-mugshotChad Johnson only had to serve seven days of the 30-day jail sentence that was handed down to him last week. On Monday, Johnson was reportedly granted an immediate release from jail after he apologized to Judge Kathleen McHugh.

That’ll teach him a lesson.

For those of you who have not followed, McHugh agreed to the terms of Johnson’s plea deal last Monday in the wake of his domestic violence case. As McHugh was speaking to Johnson toward the end of his hearing, she asked him if he has been pleased with the work of his attorney, Adam Swickle. Johnson said that he has, before playfully patting Swickle on the backside. The gesture infuriated McHugh, who then changed her mind and sentenced Johnson to 30 days in jail.

McHugh apparently accepted Johnson’s apology on Monday after ripping him for his history of disrespectful behavior. Swickle also explained that the butt slap was simply a football player’s way of saying “thank you.” While we know that is true, that doesn’t necessarily mean there is a place for it in a court of law. Still, many felt that McHugh overreacted.

Given the recent financial struggles Johnson claims he is having, spending seven days in jail may not have been the worst thing in the world. A free meal is a free meal.