Miami Dolphins: Chad Johnson's Arrest Should Be the Last Straw

Thomas Galicia@thomasgaliciaFeatured Columnist IVAugust 12, 2012

Aug. 4, 2012;  Miami, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Chad Johnson (85) during a scrimmage at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Chad Johnson hasn't been a Miami Dolphin for very long, and he shouldn't be one for very long, either.

As if his outburst on Hard Knocks and his poor play in Friday night's game against the Tamp Bay Buccaneers wasn't enough, the Dolphins have a real reason to release the former All-Pro wide receiver.

Johnson was arrested on Saturday for allegedly headbutting his wife Evelyn Lozada in an argument over a receipt for condoms, according to the Miami Herald.

Johnson is innocent until proven guilty, and we should wait until the justice system sorts itself out before we pass judgement on his character, but as a football player, he might be more trouble than he's worth to the Dolphins. 

Chad Johnson has tried to be a model teammate. He's worked out with rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill and has tried his best to integrate himself to the Miami Dolphins. However, in the last week, he's had issues both on and off the field.

Alongside his arrest was the preseason game against the Buccaneers. While only one pass was thrown to Johnson, it was a very catchable ball that was right in his hands. I even equated it to him doing a "Brandon Marshall impression" without knowing what was to come.

(But I guess I should've seen that coming when Johnson claimed that he was going to "get arrested this weekend" on Hard Knocks.)

To compound his problems, Julius Pruitt and Roberto Wallace both turned in stellar games in their debut. While I was impressed with their play, Johnson's play and attitude had me making the McKayla Maroney-face both during and after the game.

Then there's Johnson's press conferences, which thus far felt more like a Quentin Tarantino movie than a press conference as Johnson was dropping f-bombs left and right. This prompted head coach Joe Philbin to state: "We all have an obligation, we all have a responsibility, he needs to either fall in line or not, it's pretty simple," on the last episode of Hard Knocks.

Right now, based off of his actions and his play, Chad's not falling in line. He could become an even bigger problem for the Dolphins down the road.

That's not something you need when you're trying to break in a young quarterback and a young team.

The Dolphins should let Chad go. They won't be any better or worse, but they will show the other players, their fans and the league that they have character.

The Dolphins' future would be better off for that.