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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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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, 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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After 'Ochocinco' Arrest, VH1 Pulls "Ev & Ocho"

Piotr Sikora /VH1(NEW YORK) -- After Chad "OchoCinco" Johnson was arrested after allegedly headbutting his wife and reality star Evelyn Lozada, VH1 tells ABC News Radio that their upcoming reality show Ev & Ocho has been pulled.

"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," the network said in a statement.

Viewers were set to get an inside look on the weeks leading up to their wedding, including Johnson's unconventional wedding demands.

Lozada knew that marriage to Johnson wouldn't be easy. In fact, she predicted their hardships when she spoke to ABC News Radio earlier this year.

"I don't think you're always going to see us so in love," Lozada said. "We're really in a real relationship just like anyone else."

Fans got a taste of what Lozada meant when the two were seen talking about their open relationship on VH1's Basketball Wives.

"It's hard sometimes and I don't know if I'm always going to make the right decision. I don't know that he's always going to make the right decision," Lozada explained. Still, she felt her relationship was healthy and open, saying they both aim to "be honest with each other with whatever's going on."

VH1's Ev & Ocho was scheduled to premiere Sept. 3 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.

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Locked Out NFL Players Try Soccer, Boxing and 'Dancing’

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- If your boss told you that you could not show up for work, what would you do? Take a vacation? Write that novel you've always been meaning to get to? How about get a new job?

For NFL players, that question is more than just hypothetical during their league's labor stoppage. Unlike most Americans, they may not have to take a new job to pay the bills, but some are finding interesting ways to stay busy.

Take the Cincinnati Bengals' Chad Ochocinco, never shy when it comes to self-promotion. Known for his fancy footwork on the field, this month the wide receiver traded one type of football for another. The wide receiver tried out for a spot on Sporting Kansas City, a Major League Soccer team, saying that soccer always has been his first love.

Tommy Zbikowski of the Baltimore Ravens is back in the ring, boxing professionally in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. The Ravens safety was an amateur boxer while he played college football at Notre Dame. He said he's trying to work his way up to being a legitimate contender. Zbikowski has won both of his professional fights since the lockout started, and his football bosses in Baltimore are cheering him on. Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti thinks Zbikowski's career as a pugilist is "awesome."

Super Bowl champion Hines Ward swapped his cleats for dancing shoes and is competing on this season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars.

There's no end in sight in the labor dispute between the owners and players, and some believe the legal battle could last for several months in court. Now in its third week, the NFL lockout has given hundreds of athletes some unexpected free time. The athletes cannot contact their coaches and they cannot work out at the team's facilities.

But with questions about whether the NFL's strict personal conduct code is still in effect during the lockout, other players are finding it hard to stay out of trouble.

Tampa Bay's Aqib Talib was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after a domestic incident. Green Bay's Johnny Jolly was arrested in Houston for possession of 600 grams of codeine.

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