Dolphins release WR Chad Johnson
The Miami Dolphins have released veteran receiver Chad Johnson, as first reported by FOXSports.com and later confirmed by the Associated Press on Sunday.
Johnson, who was arrested Saturday after his wife accused him of head-butting her during an argument in front of their Florida home, was trying to revive his career with the Dolphins. The two hadn’t been married for two months yet, having tied the knot on July 4.
Johnson, 34, was released from jail Sunday on $2,500 bond. The veteran wide receiver had only 15 receptions last season and one touchdown for the New England Patriots.
Johnson was charged with simple domestic battery, a misdemeanor.
The confrontation came barely a month after Johnson married Evelyn Lozada, who is on the reality TV show ”Basketball Wives.”
Johnson was released from jail as the Dolphins took the field for Sunday’s practice. After the workout, coach Joe Philbin said he would meet soon with Johnson.
"We’re going to deal with this," Philbin told the Associated Press. "We’re not going to waste time. … We’re all in this thing together. Everybody that sets foot in this building, we’re all held to a high standard."
Johnson’s defense attorney, Adam Swickle, told the AP a no-contact order has been issued that prevents Johnson from contacting Lozada. Swickle declined to comment further.
"I was shocked," tight end Charles Clay told the AP. "Of course, you don’t want things like that to happen."
If convicted, Johnson faces a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. He could also receive community service, probation or anger management classes.
Johnson and Lozada were prominent in the recent first episode of HBO’s "Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Miami Dolphins."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.