Johnson’s alleged violence against Lozada shows how troubled the former Cincinnati Bengals star wide receiver is. His bad and potentially destructive choices would distract an NFL team and the positive community culture it wants to cultivate.
Johnson allegedly head-butted Lozada, his wife of six-weeks, in a
domestic dispute August 11 reportedly over him buying condoms. Lozada promptly filed a police report and pressed charges of domestic battery against Johnson.
Lozada also filed for divorce.
This wasn’t an isolated incident for Johnson. While in college, The Miami Herald reports Johnson was charged for another domestic incident with then-girlfriend Chevon Jex, going on probation and attending anger-management classes.
Chad Johnson’s arrest was a deciding factor in Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin cutting him on HBO’s Hard Knocks this Monday (video seen here).
Philbin toldThe Sports XChange that cutting Johnson was based on
“Johnson’s body of work” since he signed with the Dolphins in June. However,
actions speak louder than Philbin’s coachspeak as Johnson was cut promptly after the domestic violence arrest.
The Dolphins don’t want to have a negative influence in their locker room, regardless of talent.
Miami has marginal receivers in projected starters Legedu Naanee and Julius Pruitt. Without Johnson lining up, Miami lacks anyone who would scare opposing defenses.
Mediocre quarterback Matt Moore and upcoming rookie Ryan Tannehill would’ve loved throwing to Johnson in red zone and third-down situations, but Philbin thought Johnson had more negatives than positives.
And the Dolphins new head coach is absolutely right.
Violence outside of the gridiron is a big problem in the NFL, with many people viewing it as a league full of thugs. This negative perception was furthered from the exploits of Michael Vick’s dog fighting ring, Ben Roethlisberger’s alleged rapes that were settled, Perrish Cox’s civil suit in a date rape case, and Caleb King’s alleged assault where the victim had a broken nose and 19 stitches.
These examples are only the tip of the iceberg of NFL players breaking the law.
Violence of any kind, especially against women, shouldn’t be tolerated anywhere. The NFL has a fan base of impressionable young boys who want to emulate their favorite athletes.
If domestic violence is viewed as a non-problem by the league and individual teams, what message does that send to our impressionable youth?
Not a good one at all!
So applaud the Miami Dolphins and Joe Philbin for making a good decision regarding Chad Johnson.
Johnson’s legal troubles and violent potential—along with his age (35) and non-productive 2011—will have NFL teams keeping a 10-foot pole between them and the former Ochocinco.