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Thursday
Sep132012

Chad Johnson Pleads Not Guilty to Misdemeanor Battery

Piotr Sikora/VH1(DAVIE, Fla.) -- Chad Johnson, a former NFL receiver, Thursday pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor battery in a Florida court and could face up to one year in jail if convicted.

Johnson's attorney filed a written plea of not guilty in Broward County, Fla., court Thursday. The former Miami Dolphins player, who used to call himself Chad Ochocinco, was not present, but is expected to appear in court on Oct. 31.

An avid Twitter user, Johnson Thursday morning tweeted, "I wish all of you would come to court with me this morning ... damn butterflies..."

The Broward County state attorney formally filed the first-degree misdemeanor battery charge against Johnson on Wednesday, following his Aug. 11 arrest for allegedly head-butting his wife, reality TV star Evelyn Lozada, during an argument at the couple's home in Davie, Fla.

Lozada, who was once engaged to former Boston Celtics player Antoine Walker, was a cast member on the VH1 reality TV series Basketball Wives. She has since filed for divorce from Johnson, whom she married on July 4.

In her first interview since filing for divorce, Lozada told Nightline exclusively about ending her six-week marriage to Johnson, what she says happened the night they argued and how she is coping. At the time, she said she would not get back together with Johnson and refused to talk to him.

"I believe he loves me. I believe he needs to get help," she said in the August interview. "He's a good guy that made a bad choice. He loves football and he's very driven and a great dad. He made a bad choice that destroyed his life, and I hate that I'm connected to that."

Lozada, 36, said the argument with Johnson broke out on Aug. 11 after she said she confronted him about a receipt for a box of condoms she found inside a car he used to drive to football practice.

"And then the next thing I know, he grabbed me by here [pointing to her head] and he head-butted me," Lozada said. "I felt blood coming down my face… and I looked at him and I said, 'You just head-butted me?' And it just -- everything just felt if it was in slow motion."

Johnson, 34, was arrested that evening and charged with misdemeanor battery. He spent the night in the Broward County jail, and was released on $2,500 bond, according to jail records. The Dolphins immediately cut the six-time Pro Bowl receiver from the team.

Johnson denied that he head-butted Lozada, and in fact, told police the night he was arrested that Lozada head-butted him.

On Aug. 14, just a day before Lozada filed for divorce, Johnson posted a statement on his official website, OCNN, saying, "I am going to let the legal process run its course. I wish Evelyn nothing but the best, I have no negative words to say about her, the only thing I can say is I love her very much."

"I will continue to be positive and stay training hard for another opportunity in the NFL. I appreciate all my fans and supporters and if I have disappointed you in any way, you have my sincerest apologies. Once again I will continue to stay positive and appreciate all the support during this tough period in my life," Johnson said.

Lozada told Nightline that she hadn't been back to the couple's home since the incident, and said she believed that being away from each other was the "right thing" for both of them.

"I still love him," she said. "I feel bad for him because his life is now a mess."

If convicted of misdemeanor battery, Johnson would face up to one year in county jail and a $1,000 fine.

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Friday
Aug312012

Evelyn Lozada 'Afraid,' Says Chad Johnson 'Needs To Get Help': "Nightline" Exclusive

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Reality TV star Evelyn Lozada, the estranged wife of NFL player Chad Johnson, said she still loves her husband "more than anything," but she is "afraid" of him and believes he "needs to get help."

"It's the hardest thing in the world to walk away from someone that you really love," Lozada told Nightline in an exclusive interview. "But you have to walk away because I have to protect myself."

In her first interview since she filed for divorce from the former Miami Dolphins receiver, formerly known as Chad "Ochocinco," after an argument between them became physical, Lozada talked about ending her six-week-long marriage to Johnson, what she says happened the night they argued and how she is coping. She said she will not get back together with Johnson and refuses to talk to him.

"I believe he loves me. I believe he needs to get help," she said. "He's a good guy that made a bad choice. He loves football and he's very driven and a great dad. He made a bad choice that destroyed his life, and I hate that I'm connected to that."

On Aug. 11, Lozada was taking groceries out of a car that Johnson used to drive to football practice when she said she found a bag in the backseat with a toothbrush holder and a Walgreens receipt for a box of condoms inside. The receipt was dated July 20, she said, three weeks after they were married.

When Johnson came home later that evening, Lozada said she got into his car to confront him about the receipt and threatened to leave him.

"And then the next thing I know, he grabbed me by here [pointing to her head] and he head-butted me," Lozada said. "I felt blood coming down my face…and I looked at him and I said, 'You just head-butted me?' And it just -- everything just felt if it was in slow motion."

The 36-year-old reality star said she tried to remain calm during the exchange because she said Johnson was angry, and denied he had done anything wrong.

"He was gone to me, like, it wasn't him," she said. "He got out of the car, really, really quick and ran into the house, and I said to myself, 'I need to get out of here.'"

Lozada said she ran to a neighbor's house where she hid outside until the neighbor came home and called the police. She then went to the hospital where she said she received six stitches on her forehead.

Johnson, 34, was arrested that evening and charged with misdemeanor domestic battery. He spent the night in Broward County, Fla., jail, and was released on $2,500 bond, according to jail records. Following his arrest, the Dolphins cut the six-time Pro Bowl receiver from the team.

Just two days after the incident, Lozada filed for divorce, ending the couple's 41-day "fairytale" marriage.

"I said to myself, 'I'm never going to go through that again, ever,'" she said. "I don't think any woman should ever have to feel like that or be fearful of her husband."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Aug152012

Evelyn Lozada Files for Divorce from Chad Johnson

Piotr Sikora/VH1(LOS ANGELES) -- After only six weeks of marriage, reality star Evelyn Lozada has filed for divorce from Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson, TMZ.com reports.  Over the weekend, the NFL player was arrested after allegedly headbutting Lozada.

Lozada said her marriage was "irretrievably broken" in court documents.

After her domestic violence incident, Lozada spoke on Tuesday for the first time.

"It is with great sadness and much trepidation that I release this statement addressing the domestic violence incident that happened this past Saturday.  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," Lozada said in a statement to Entertainment Tonight.

"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," she continued.

Johnson, who was let go by the Miami Dolphins following the incident, has released the following statement: "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."

It has not been an easy week for Lozada.  Along with filing for divorce, Lozada's brother-in-law, Anthony, passed away from cancer.  Anthony's battle with a cancer was a story line played out on her hit reality show, VH1's Basketball Wives.

The reality star also lost her job, as an upcoming VH1 wedding special, Ev & Ocho, has been pulled.

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