NFL receiver, Chad Johnson gets released by Miami Dolphins.
NFL wide receiver, Chad Johnson's recent problems have gone from bad to worse in the last 48 hours. Johnson, who was arrested for domestic violence on August 11, 2012 for allegedly head butting his wife, was released by the Miami Dolphins the next day. Johnson (age 34), is mostly known for his years playing with the Cincinnati Bengals. Johnson most recently played for the New England Patriots. Johnson was acquired by the Patriots in a trade between the Patriots and the Bengals. Johnson has been selected to the NFL Pro Bowl six times, and has been named an all-pro 3 times.
Johnson’s brief stint with the Patriots turned out to be statistically his worst season during his career. He finished the season logging only 15 receptions for 276 total yards, and one touchdown pass. After being released by the Patriots, Johnson signed with the Miami Dolphins on June 11, 2012. Besides the recent domestic violence incident, Johnson’s career has been fueled by controversy. Johnson has been involved in public feuds with Bengals head coach, Marvin Lewis. He has also had a rocky relationship with former Bengals quarterback, Carson Palmer. In 2008, Johnson legally changed his name to Chad Ochocinco. However, he legally changed his last name back to Johnson on July 23, 2012. This was mainly done to keep his then fiancé, Evelyn Lozada from taking on the last name Ochocinco. Lozada is known for starring in the reality televison series, "Basketball Wives". The two were married on July 4, 2012. A reality show involving the two titled "Ev and Ochco", was set to air on VH1 in September, but the show has been pulled following the recent domestic violence incident.
Johnson’s departure from the Dolphins leaves a huge question mark on what happens next in his football career. Johnson’s contract with the Dolphins was only for the leagues veteran minimum of $925,000, with no guaranteed money. Although Johnson has been one of the most productive and colorful wide receivers of this era, his production on the field has taken a hit in recent years. Johnson is also 34 years old, which is considered by many to be old in professional sports. To add to his uncertain future, his personality may have teams not wanting to take a risk on someone who has been labeled as a “diva” receiver. This is a prime example of how a person’s past behavior can greatly affect their future. This is an attribute that has negatively influenced many talented professional athletes. Hopefully other athletes take heed at this, and use this as an example for their own careers.