Florida releases 9-1-1 tapes from Ochocinco's arrest

Florida releases 9-1-1 tapes from Ochocinco's arrest

Published Aug. 14, 2012 9:17 a.m. ET

Florida has released the 9-1-1 tapes from the night of Chad Johnson's arrest.  While it doesn't necessary prove guilt or innocence, it doesn't look good for Ochocinco.
From the Associated Press;

A neighbor calmly talked to a 911 dispatcher while reality TV star Evelyn Lozada sat bleeding from the head following a domestic incident with her husband, former Miami Dolphin wide receiver Chad Johnson.

In the tape released by Davie police Monday night, the neighbor says the Saturday night altercation involves a "high profile person." He repeatedly urges police not to make a big scene when coming into the South Florida neighborhood.

During the call, the neighbor tells Lozada to wipe the blood from an open wound on her head. Lozada can be heard in the background saying Johnson headbutted her. The neighbor tells the dispatcher the woman will likely need stitches.

Johnson was arrested and bonded out Sunday morning. He was cut from the Dolphins later that day.

The tape validates Lozada's bleeding and not much else.  But domestic violence laws, especially in Florida, are very strict, and the bleeding proves that she was struck by something.  Johnson's only defense is to prove that something else struck her besides his own empty forehead.
With that one foolish act, his career is most likely over - Johnson's antics have put him in a poor light within the NFL, and now that he's got a record, it's not promising that any other team will take a chance on his services.
- Jeff Seemann