July 27 2012; Davie, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Chad Johnson (85) looks on during practice at the Dolphins training facility. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
Last night, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Chad Johnson was arrested after allegedly head butting his wife, Evelyn Lozada. The incident started as the newly-wed couple returned home after dinner at a restaurant when, Lozada discovered a receipt for a box of condoms, Davie Police Department Captain Dale Engle told Izzy Gould of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
The police report, as tweeted by Gould, states that Johnson and Lozada began arguing in Johnson's Smart Car. The police report then states, "...Johnson became upset and without permission grabbed her and head butted her on the forehead causing a laceration." He then began screaming "I don't give a f---. I don't give a f--- about my career. Lozada then fled the scene, running to a neighbors house.
The police report, as Gould tweeted, continues to say Johnson told police he yelled "F--- it!" Then Lozada head butted him. Johnson then, according to his statement, went for a ride in the car to allow his wife to cool down.
The laceration on Lozada's head was 3-inches in length. She also told police she did want to file charges.
According to Gould's article, the Florida state attorney's office will continue the investigation, and could take up to 21-days to formally charge Johnson.
The Dolphins wide receiver appeared before a judge, via video feed, earlier this morning. The judge set bond for Johnson at $2,500 and issued a no-contact-order to Johnson, instructing him to stay away from Lozada. Johnson's lawyer, Adam B. Swickle, said his client would be released within a few hours, but had no further comment on the case. The no-contact order is to remain in place until the charges are resolved.
The Dolphins released a statement, via team's Twitter page last night:
"We are aware of the situation and are in the process of gathering all the relevent information."
Johnson joined the Dolphins this offseason, after one lackluster year with the New England Patriots. The receiver formerly known as Ochocinco, started the Dolphins first preseason game on Friday, being targeted once by quarterback Matt Moore, but dropping the pass and killing the Dolphins' starters best drive of the game. He has been fined multiple times by the league for excessive celebrations and press conference comments, but Johnson has never had any legal issues since joining the leage in 2001.
He was arrested once in college for a domestic dispute.
Johnson and Lozada were set to star in a VH1 reality show this fall. The show, Eve & Ocho, was to follow the couple leading up to their July 4 wedding and through their lives as newly-weds.
The Dolphins' new coaching regime, led by head coach Joe Philbin, have been careful about the personalities they have in the locker room this year. The team traded wide receiver Brandon Marshall to the Chicago Bears this offseason, removing a player whose off-the-field antics overshadowed his on-the-field performance.
On the Dolphins' premiere of HBO's Hard Knocks this past week, Philbin felt the need to speak with Johnson about the receivers use of profanity in Johnson's introductory press conference. Following the show, Johnson announced he would no longer be speaking with the media.
How the Dolphins handle this situation will be interesting to watch - and will probably be a huge storyline in Tuesday's next episode of Hard Knocks.