Evelyn Lozada Divorces Chad Johnson Following Alleged Battery
A recent physical altercation with wife Evelyn Lozada has now cost NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson his marriage, on top of his Miami Dolphins roster spot and a developing reality show.
After 41 days as husband and wife, ESPN and The Associated Press report that Evelyn Lozada has filed divorce papers ending her union with Johnson after he was arrested for allegedly head-butting her during an argument this past weekend.
Following the Saturday incident, the Dolphins released Johnson right around 24 hours after his arrest and release on $2,500 bond citing multiple negative incidents since Johnson joined the team. VH1 has also shelved a planned reality show that documented the pair's build-up to their July4 wedding, previously to be called "Ev & Ocho" after his previous name, Chad Ochocinco.
Lozada herself released a statement claiming that Johnson "needs help" based on multiple such incidents, and denying his claims that she head-butted him during the course of the argument. The argument reportedly began with Lozada finding a receipt for condoms in the couple's vehicle.
"I would like to apologize to everyone for the recent events that have occurred," a Tuesday-afternoon statement by Johnson began. "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."
Johnson signed with the Dolphins this summer following a single lackluster season with the New England Patriots that saw him play in his first Super Bowl, a losing effort against the New York Giants. Johnson dropped the only pass thrown to him during his lone Dolphins preseason game.
His and Lozada's blooming romance was captured previously on VH1's reality series "Basketball Wives." Lozada was previously attached to former NBA player Antoine Walker.