Canada, US about to trade Chad Johnson for Justin Bieber?
Canada could get stuck with Biebs (right), but our neighbors to the north could also keep Chad Johnson south of the border.
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By FOX Sports
Justin Bieber and Chad Johnson — America's next Cold War?
After Bieber's much-publicized run-ins with the law in Southern California and Miami in recent months, many people have been calling for the Biebs' deportation back to his native Canada. Careful what you wish for, haters, because Canada apparently has the authority to keep the former Ochocinco out of The Great White North.
The issue is actually quite similar to that of Bieber — according to Canadian immigration law: "if you have committed or been convicted of a crime, you may not be allowed into Canada. In other words, you may be 'criminally inadmissible.'" According to the Canadian government's website, the severity of the crime ranges from what would be considered misdemeanors to felonies in the United States.
Johnson last suited up for an NFL team in 2012 training camp with the Dolphins but was released during camp after his arrest on charges he assaulted his wife, Evelyn Lozada, who subsequently filed for divorce. He would plead no contest to the charges.
Canadian law does permit for "deemed rehabilitation," which provides a variety of avenues for a person who would otherwise be banned to still be permitted into the country.