The terms handed down to Chad Johnson by the Miami Dolphins organization when he signed with the team in June were clear: Stay out of trouble.
Unfortunately, the enigmatic receiver couldn't abide by those terms, and now he's without a job in the NFL.
Evelyn Lozada filed for divorce on Tuesday after Johnson allegedly head-butted her in a domestic dispute over the weekend. This came after some inappropriate tweets this summer by Johnson, as well as a profanity-laced media session that left Dolphins staff frustrated.
In the latest episode of HBO's Hard Knocks (which highlights the Dolphins), the disappointment in Johnson was apparent. Head coach Joe Philbin, with the cameras rolling, was forced to sit Johnson down after the six-time Pro Bowler was released from jail and tell him it was time to part ways.
Johnson said during the meeting (via USA Today):
I let you down a little bit. A lot. I understand what you're doing. You got the message across clear the first day we met. I apologize for embarrassing you, and our organization, my teammates.
Lozada and Johnson had already had their fair share of troubles even before their four-week marriage began. Johnson allegedly had an affair earlier this year while the two were engaged.
Now the 34-year-old must look for a new team with no assurance that he'll get another chance after blowing it with the Dolphins.
The fact that Johnson recorded just 15 catches for 276 yards and one touchdown last season with the New England Patriots doesn't bode well for him, either. Neither does the fact that he dropped the only ball thrown his way in preseason play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Friday.
That's not the only bad news for Johnson. He also lost an endorsement deal from coconut water brand Zico on Wednesday, per ESPN.
For a receiver so naturally gifted, one has to wonder if Johnson's career could have been more spectacular without the distractions, both on and off the field.