Veteran National Football League (NFL) wide receiver Chad Johnson was released from the Miami Dolphins following his recent arrest for allegedly head-butting his new wife, Evelyn Lozada, during the evening of Aug. 11.
The Associated Press reported Johnson was arrested in Broward County, Fla., charged with simple domestic battery, a misdemeanor charge, and released on Aug. 12 on a $2,500 bond.
According to AP, the arrest report said that Lozada claims the incident started after she discovered a receipt for purchased condoms in his trunk. She then approached Johnson about the receipt, and as they were seated in Johnson’s car, he got upset and leaned over to head-butt her.
According to authorities, Lozada said she then ran to a neighbor’s house to call the police; when they arrived, a three-inch cut on her forehead was visible. Johnson, who had no cuts or bruises, was then questioned and arrested by county sheriff’s deputies. According to the arrest report, Johnson confirmed that the argument with his wife was over the receipt for condoms, but he also told the arresting officer that Lozada leaned towards him and they butted heads.
Lozada was treated for her cut at a hospital, and later pressed charges against Johnson. If convicted, Johnson, 34, could face up to a year in jail plus a $1,000 fine.
But Johnson’s freedom isn’t the only thing he may lose; reports say Lozada filed for divorce from Johnson on Aug. 13, just 42 days after they were married in a ceremony taped by VH1 for a reality TV show with Johnson, “Ev and Chad.” The show was to begin airing in September.
Lozada released a statement to the media, explaining her disappointment that Johnson hasn’t taken accountability for his violent actions against her.
“It is with great sadness and much trepidation that I release this statement addressing the domestic violence incident that happened this past Saturday,” Lozada told Entertainment Tonight. “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.”
Johnson, who was released by Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin in an emotional scene shown on HBO’s Hard Knocks show on Aug. 14, also released a statement to the media for the first time since his arrest.
“I would like to apologize to everyone for the recent events that have occurred. I would like to wish Evelyn well and will never say anything bad about her because I truly love her to death,” Johnson stated on his website, OCNN.com. “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.”
Following his arrest, reports from Johnson’s past leaked as TMZ revealed old court documents of the veteran receiver being arrested for domestic violence back in 2000, the same year he began attending Oregon State University. According to TMZ, Johnson was found guilty of domestic violence in Los Angeles, Calif. for slapping his girlfriend at the time after accusing her of cheating on him. The report said he avoided jail time by completing a 12-month batterer’s counseling program and 30 days of community service.
Lozada’s past includes violent incidents, too. On another VH1 reality TV show, Basketball Wives, she was seen attacking fellow cast member Kenya Bell. Lozada threw a wine bottle and a plate at Bell then rushed at her before being held back by others present. Other assaults were alleged during production of the show but Lozada was never arrested or charged.