Chad Johnson was not only expected to be the No. 1 receiver, but also the star of Hard Knocks when he signed.
Now released, Johnson fulfilled one of those roles in the first episode.
Chad didn't dominate the first episode the way he did while with the Bengals in 2009; however, he was a welcome breath of fresh air and vulgarities when he did pop up on screen.
His introduction came during a coaches meeting when he came through and talked about how he didn't have a place to stay since his wife Evelyn wouldn't let him come home during training camp. This is followed by him explaining his sex life—or lack thereof—last season to the cameras.
The next time we see Chad is when he is playing FIFA 12 against former teammate Reggie Bush. The score on the screen indicated a tie, but Chad wasn't too happy with how he was doing and even accused Reggie of "cheating."
This felt like a conversation I'd have with my friends while playing FIFA, and because of this, I challenge both Chad Johnson AND Reggie Bush to a FIFA match at any time and any place.
Later on, we see Chad walking out with his now infamous and eerie comment: "Sue, I promise I'm gonna get arrested while we're off."
It wouldn't happen for another week, but you knew this comment would wind up being replayed, as he actually did get arrested for striking his wife.
As for his wife, I wasn't familiar with her work prior to Hard Knocks, but she doesn't seem like a good person. I did advocate the Dolphins release Chad Johnson following his arrest, and I'm glad they followed through with it. However I didn't advocate this because of the arrest, but instead because of the distraction around it.
After looking into the case more, I'm also of the belief that his wife was actually the one that headbutted him since apparently, she has a bit of a reputation as head-case to begin with.
I'm not doubting the character of Chad; however, this should go to show everyone to be careful with whom they associate with. You don't want any bad influences in your life, and Evelyn Lozada-Johnson seems to me like she's a troublemaking influence who potentially cost Chad his NFL career.
It has certainly killed Hard Knocks, as Chad was a dynamic presence on the show and made it an exciting one.