Earlier today, Evelyn Lozada released a statement about the domestic violence dispute that occurred over the weekend between she and husband of 41 days, Chad Ochocinco Johnson, before breaking the news that she was filing for divorce:
“It is with great sadness and much trepidation that I release this statement addressing the domestic violence incident that happened this past Saturday,” the reality star wrote in an email via her publicist. “I am deeply disappointed that Chad has failed to take responsibility for his actions and made false accusations against me, it is my sincere hope that he seeks the help he needs to overcome his troubles. Domestic violence is not okay and hopefully my taking a stand will help encourage other women to break their silence as well. I’m grateful to my family, friends and fans for the outpouring of support during this difficult time.”
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Johnson has replied with a statement of his own on his website, OCNNReport.com, refusing to sensationalize an already out-of-control situation:
“I would like to apologize to everyone for the recent events that have occurred. I would like to wish Evelyn well and will never say anything bad about her because I truly love her to death. I will continue to be positive and train hard for another opportunity in the NFL. To all the fans and supporters I have disappointed, you have my sincerest apologies. I will stay positive and get through this tough period in my life.”
As previously reported by NewsOne, Johnson was cut from the NFL’s Miami Dolphins, where he recently signed to play wide receiver, and the couple’s controversial reality show, “Ev and Ocho,” has been shelved by VH1. The network released the following statement:
“Due to the unfortunate events over the weekend and the seriousness of the allegations, VH1 is pulling the series ‘Ev and Ocho’ from its schedule and has no current plans of airing it.”
Miami Dolphins coach, Joe Philbin, who cut Johnson less than 24 hours after the incident took place, claims that his arrest was not the sole reason for the prompt decision to cut him:
“It was more a body of evidence from June 11th forward,” Philbin said, the date that Johnson signed with the Dolphins after being released from the New England Patriots. “When he came in on June 11th, we sat down, and we talked, and I was very clear as to the expectations of the program. It just didn’t work out. It’s more about the fit. In my gut, I didn’t think the fit was going to be beneficial to either party moving forward, whether in the short term or the long term. That’s really what it was all about. It wasn’t about one specific thing; it just wasn’t going to work.”
Johnson’s teammates feel differently, reports USA Today, and had no problem expressing disappointment over losing a man whom was “loved” in the locker room, says veteran linebacker, Karlos Dansby.
“I hate that we didn’t stand behind him,” said Dansby said on 640 AM in Miami on Monday morning.
“I know the guys in the locker room would. But the organization felt a totally different way about the situation, and they probably had more information than we know. And they had to do what they had to do.”
“It’s going to be an even bigger distraction right now, I think, because of the simple fact we let him go. I think if we were going to be with the guy, if he was going to be our guy, we have to stand behind him — even though the situation came about,” Dansby continued.
“He didn’t get that third strike.”
Philbin took the criticism in stride and verbally shrugged his shoulders at letting his team down:
“I believe this — let’s be honest, you have a boss, I have a boss. I don’t always agree with what the boss says every time. I’m of the opinion that you should keep things in house in that regard.”
Well, apparently, “the boss” didn’t have any problem taking Johnson to the outhouse. According to Yardbarker.com, Philbin barred the veteran player from the premises and had scouts pack up his locker.
With his wife, careers and reality show gone in a matter of days, we look forward to seeing what the future holds for Chad Johnson as he fights from beneath this unexpected avalanche of trouble.