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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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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.

What the heck are we talking about? Well, earlier this month, the former Ochocinco signed a two-year contract with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. And though the 36-year-old worked out with the team in Canada prior to signing his deal, he may not be allowed back into the country.

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.

Johnson / Ochocinco (he legally changed his last name during his NFL career but has since changed it back to Johnson) spent 11 seasons in the NFL, 10 with Cincinnati, grabbing 766 passes for 11,059 yards and 67 TDs.

Oh, and he did these:

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