Chad Johnson Arrested: What Does It Mean for Him and the Miami Dolphins?

Scott AltmanCorrespondent IAugust 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

According to Izzy Gould of the Sun Sentinel, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Chad Johnson was arrested Saturday night on a domestic violence charge: 

A Davie police spokesman told Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post that the dispute between Johnson and his wife, Evelyn Lozada, a reality television star known for her role on VH1's Basketball Wives, began over a box of condoms.

Yes, you heard me, a box of condoms:

 

Davie police spokesman said fight between Chad Johnson and his wife started over a receipt for a box of condoms

— Ben Volin (@BenVolinPBP) August 12, 2012

Volin also reports that Johnson headbutted Lozada:

 

Evelyn Lozada claims Chad Johnson head-butted her, giving her a laceration on her forehead

— Ben Volin (@BenVolinPBP) August 12, 2012

This is disturbing news from all angles. 

Domestic abuse is a heinous crime, and Johnson should be held to the highest standard of the law. It's just flat-out inexcusable.

Period. 

From a football—and specifically Miami Dolphins—standpoint, this is disturbing because they just traded Brandon Marshall because of his domestic violence issues. 

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We need to wait for all of the information and evidence to come out before we persecute Chad, but things aren't looking good so far.  This arrest comes just two weeks after an outrageous press conference—the same one Joe Philbin scolded him on Hard Knocks for—and an inexcusable drop that stalled a nice drive in last night's preseason debut, and Miami's brass has to be second-guessing itself. 

Johnson has never run into trouble with the law before, so maybe he gets the benefit of the doubt. If the Dolphins indeed decide to keep him, then he'll be on the tightest of leashes. 

Given the emergence of Legedu Naanee, Roberto Wallace, Charles Clay and Julius Pruitt, it's not unfeasible for the Dolphins to cut Johnson and scavenge the market for another serviceable veteran that doesn't cause headaches. 

Stay tuned.