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Dolphins’ Chad Johnson released from jail on domestic charge

By By Adam H. Beasley, R.j. Rico And Jose Lambiet

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, Aug. 12 2012 5:06 p.m. MDT

MIAMI — Dolphins receiver Chad Johnson was released from the Broward County jail Sunday afternoon following his arrest on charges he head-butted his new wife Saturday evening.

As he walked out of jail just after 1 p.m. EDT, Johnson had no comment. He was accompanied by his attorney, Adam Swickle. Both men climbed into a black SUV and drove off.

At about the same time in Davie, the Miami Dolphins were starting a Sunday training session without Johnson, who is trying to win a spot on the team.

Johnson had appeared in front of a Broward judge at 8:30 a.m. His bond was set at $2,500 and he received an order to have no contact with his wife, VH-1 reality TV star Evelyn Lozada. Lozada plans to press charges, police say.

Swickle said such instructions are common practice in domestic violence cases. Swickle said that Lozada, who married the football player in July, was not present in the courtroom Sunday morning.

According to what Lozada told police, Johnson head-butted her while the two argued in their tiny SMART car parked in the driveway of their house on Juniper Lane in Davie.

Then, as Lozada ran away to a neighbor’s house, Johnson, 34, started screaming: “I don’t give a f..., I don’t give a f... about my career!”

Police said Lozada had a 3-inch cut on her forehead. She ran to a neighbor’s house after the fight and Johnson took a ride around the neighborhood. When police confronted him, he admitted to a confrontation, but claims Lozada initiated the head-butt.

Although Johnson has been ordered to steer clear of Lozada, he is not prevented from returning to his home, which sits in a gated community in Davie, if she’s not there.

A Davie police report said the couple were returning to their Davie home after shopping. In the trunk of the car, Lozada found a Walgreen’s receipt for condoms. The argument then escalated, ending with the head-butt.

“She has a pretty good-sized laceration on her forehead,” said Davie Police Capt. Dale Engle.

Johnson’s run-in with the law comes at a time that he is already on thin ice with the Dolphins’ organization, in part due to off-color comments Johnson made during a team news conference last week.

During that press conference, Johnson swore repeatedly, said he smoked marijuana with rock star Gene Simmons during the offseason, and was even considering a second career in pornography.

Johnson’s wife, Lozada, is a celebrity in her own right as a cast member of the reality show Basketball Wives on VH1. She was formerly engaged to onetime Heat player Antoine Walker.

Johnson’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, declined to comment Saturday night.

Dolphins spokesman Harvey Greene had only this to say: “We are aware of the situation and in the process of gathering all of the relevant information.”

Raised in Liberty City, Johnson graduated from Miami Beach Senior High School, and the highlight years of his professional football career took place with the Cincinnati Bengals. Last year, playing with the New England Patriots, Johnson seemed permanently out of place, and he posted a sub-par 15 catches for the season.

Throughout his career, Johnson has been known for his playful antics, whether they be elaborate on-field touchdown celebrations or legally changing his name to “Chad Ochocinco” as a nod to his No. 85 football jersey.

This is not Johnson’s first domestic violence arrest. While in college, Johnson got into an altercation with his then-girlfriend Chevon Jex. After neighbors called police, Johnson was placed on probation for the offense, while also forced to take mandatory anger-management classes.

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©2012 The Miami Herald

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