Chad Johnson Arrested on Domestic Violence Charges

Mike MoraitisAnalyst IAugust 11, 2012

It appears Chad Johnson might have gotten himself into trouble before ever having an opportunity to help his new team, the Miami Dolphins.


Update on August 11 at 11:03 p.m. EDT

The Dolphins have released a statement in regard to the arrest of Johnson for domestic abuse, according to Mike Florio of

“We are aware of the situation and are in the process of gathering all the relevant information,” team spokesman Harvey Greene told PFT via email.

Nothing special there. The Dolphins will wisely await all the facts of the case to come out before they make any move. Stay tuned, Dolphins fans!

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Izzy Gould and Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel are reporting that according to Davie Police Department captain Dale Engle, Johnson was arrested for domestic abuse on Saturday.

Per the same report, the incident took place in a vehicle and involved Johnson and his new wife, Evelyn Lozada. Johnson allegedly head-butted Lozada during an argument.

Here's more specifics from the Sun Sentinel report.

When cops came on the scene Lazado, a star in VH1’s Basketball Wive’s Reality series, had lacerations on her forehead, and Johnson was arrested. Since entering the NFL in 2001 Johnson, a Miami native who lives in Davie, had never been arrested. But he was arrested in college for a domestic dispute.

Ben Volin of The Palm Beach Post (via Twitter), lets us in on just what caused the argument.

Davie police spokesman said fight between Chad Johnson and his wife started over a receipt for a box of condoms

— Ben Volin (@BenVolinPBP) August 12, 2012

The Dolphins signed Johnson during the offseason in order to bolster their receiving squad and give aid to whatever quarterback they choose as the starter. The exit of Brandon Marshall made Johnson's presence on the team even more vital.

While there were questions regarding who Miami's quarterback might be, they didn't think they'd be worrying about their newest receiver; this incident will change all that.

Johnson's off-the-field issues are just the latest in a slew of problems NFL players have gotten themselves into this offseason.

It's still too early to know if Johnson will be disciplined when all the facts are known, but Johnson might have just added yet another case for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to deal with.