Evelyn Lozada: Head-Butting Incident Impacts More Than Marriage to Chad Johnson

Sam R. QuinnSenior Analyst IIIAugust 13, 2012

It is still a mystery to me how many celebrity couples have yet to realize the wide-ranging implications of airing their dirty laundry to the general public.

I don't mean airing dirty laundry in a derogatory way, but people in the public sphere must realize that every action they choose to carry out will be scrutinized under the greatest of microscopes.

In the case of Evelyn Lozada and former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Chad Johnson, it doesn't matter who is right and who is wrong. All that matters is that their lives have been negatively impacted by the publicity from this incident.

Johnson is alleged to have head-butted his wife after an argument that revolved around a receipt for a box of condoms. Lozada had to receive medical attention for a gash on her forehead.

The 34-year-old veteran was obviously wrong to headbutt his wife, if that indeed turns out to be what happened. In doing so, he jeopardized his financial well-being and did his best to ensure that his NFL career would end on a bad note.

This incident cost Johnson his second lease on his NFL life—or third, depending on which way you look at it. After being traded from the Cincinnati Bengals to the New England Patriots prior to last season, Johnson put up some pretty dreadful numbers under Bill Belichick.

He was granted a chance to get his career back on track and prove that he still had the requisite physical abilities to compete for a job in the NFL.

The domestic battery allegations derailed that chance before it was ever seriously underway.

It didn't just destroy Johnson's football career, it led to the cancellation of the couple's reality show called "Ev and Ocho" (via Los Angeles Times). Granted, that show probably wouldn't have been around for too long anyway, but it surely would have made for a few minutes of entertaining television.

Unfortunately, that has been ruined too.

This unnecessary incident cost the couple more than a peaceful and enjoyable start to their marriage. It cost Johnson his tenure with the Dolphins and Lozada her reality television career.

While Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said that his decision to release Johnson was not because of this one specific incident, but rather because "it just wasn't going to work" (via ESPN), this was clearly the straw that broke the camel's back.