Chad Johnson's Reported Divorce Will Further Prevent NFL Comeback Story

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistAugust 14, 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
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If you were an NFL team right now, would you want anything to do with Chad Johnson?

Probably not. And now, it seems that his wife, Evelyn Lozada, wants nothing to do with him either. After alleging he head-butted her in an incident this weekend, she has now filed for divorce, according to Radar Online:

In light of allegations of both domestic assault and a pre-marital affair, Basketball Wives star Evelyn Lozada has taken a strong stance against her estranged husband Chad"OchocincoJohnson by filing for divorce after less than six weeks of marriage.

"Given recent events in my client’s life, she has decided to file for divorce and move forward with her life," her attorney exclusively told, after the legal papers were filed at the Broward County Courthouse in Florida on Tuesday afternoon.

Never mind the divorce, though—NFL teams are going to stay far, far away from Johnson, especially for the time being. 

He was already a controversial figure, if only because his fun-loving antics and enormous ego could sometimes be a distraction for teams. But honestly, his skills as a receiver have seriously diminished—he was on the back of a milk carton more than he was on the field for the New England Patriots last season—making any headaches that accompany Johnson now much harder to deal with.

And how's this for a PR headache: Johnson is now going to be associated with domestic violence. Sure, we should presume Johnson's innocence until he is found either guilty or not guilty. But we all know that the court of public opinion doesn't operate under the same guidelines as our legal system.

So do NFL teams, and they know that Johnson would be an incredibly controversial signing this summer. 

And honestly, how many teams are going to bother with Johnson next year if he doesn't play at all this season, even if he's found innocent of these charges? I guess the Seattle Seahawks might give him a look, but other than that, why would you give a loud, over-the-hill wide receiver who has been out of football for a year a shot?

It might seem harsh, but try to view this from an NFL public relations standpoint. What benefit do you really get by adding Johnson in the near future? Is he going to help your team enough to deal with the possible backlash?

I don't think so. 

This summer may be the end for Johnson's career in the NFL. Or maybe he's found innocent, he works his butt of, a team gives him a shot and he has another season or two of decent production.

But I doubt it.


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