Per the Miami Sun-Sentinel's Izzy Gould and Omar Kelly, who have confirmed a report with the Davie police department, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Chad Johnson has been arrested for domestic violence after an argument with his new wife, VH1's reality star Evelyn Lozada.
The argument reportedly took place in a vehicle and Lozada had lacerations on her forehead when the police arrived.
Johnson has always been a guy in the media for his large personality, but he has never been arrested during his time in the NFL. Because of his track record, Johnson probably deserves the benefit of the doubt on this one for the time being, but it doesn't look good.
Even if charges, and eventually a conviction, arise as a result of the arrest, the incident likely will not affect Johnson's status as a Dolphin. In other words, I don't foresee Johnson being in danger of getting his walking papers.
He will, however, hear from Roger Goodell and the NFL office. I would love to be a fly on the wall as Johnson explains this to Goodell, whom he affectionately and sarcastically refers to as "Dad."
As a first-time offender, it's unlikely Johnson will miss any time as a result of a suspension, but he could be in line for another fine as he finds himself in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Being a big-time personality has its advantages, as we've seen with Johnson, but it also means everyone is going to pay a lot more attention when that personality slips up—and to call domestic violence merely a "slip up" would be an extreme understatement.
Does this incident change your opinion of Johnson?
Johnson's lawyer will likely advise him to stay off Twitter for the time being, but if you're a follower, and you know you are, don't be surprised if we have an impromptu statement from The-Receiver-Formerly-Known-As-Ochocinco very shortly.
UPDATE: According to NFL.com, the argument started after Johnson found a receipt for a box of condoms. It's not a stretch to assume Johnson was thinking infidelity on Lozada's part.
In addition, NFL.com says Johnson told police the two accidentally bumped heads.
UPDATE (2): Scratch that. Apparently it was Lozada who found the receipt and confronted Johnson and not the other way around.