Chad Johnson is released by the Dolphins.
Innocent until proven guilty right? That theory does not apply when you bring unwanted attention to your business.
The Miami Dolphins are completely within their rights to cut Chad Johnson because he made a mistake that they do not want affiliated with their team.
The league has reported that the 34-year-old has already cleared out his locker at training camp.
Even if his account of the event that lead to his arrest on Saturday evening is true, he is still at fault because he chose to bring this woman into his life.
I will tread lightly here… but having spent a lot of time in Miami as both a citizen and a former newspaper columnist, I can say with all certainty that Evelyn Lozada has been an active in participant and instigator of high-level drama both on and off screen.
It has been her calling card and knowing this Johnson still chose her to be his bride.
I’ll leave that where that is and move on.
There are players in the NFL that are still on league rosters that have driven drunk, been charged with drug possession and more.
Many of them are alleged multiple offenders and they are deemed employable because simply put many of them are young and at the height of their game.
Had Chad Johnson made the mistake of involving himself with Evelyn Lozada five years ago, he would have gotten a pass.
Due process would have played itself out before he was handed his walking papers and now Johnson, a good natured guy who really does do a lot to help other people and make them smile won’t have the chance to play through this controversy.
Let us be clear. If he physically or mentally abused a woman he doesn’t deserve to walk around in public.
That is my personal opinion and that happens to be one that is shared by the law.
However, in this particular case there are a lot of details that remain to be cleared up.
Our parents always tell us that we are judged by the company we keep. If Johnson is indeed a victim here, he is only one in the legal sense.
Beauty and sanity often don’t share the same body especially in the circles that Johnson tends to travel in.
I feel bad for him not because as a man I see him as the victim of a seedy gold-digger that’s probably shopping a deal for the latest slant on a VH-1 show.
I feel bad for him because since college he’s prided himself on keeping his nose clean and within a moment’s notice the door on his career may have just slammed shut for good.
The issue surrounding that argument is a moral no-go.
If he was and/or intended to cheat on that woman she had every right to be upset.
Upset enough to have the ultimate I-told-him-not-to-try-me moment?
Time will tell.
For now, you can’t blame the Dolphins as they have an HBO camera crew roaming the halls right now. This is NOT what they want on Hard Knocks.
Chad can only blame himself one way or another.
If he’s telling the truth (as I amongst many are inclined to believed), here’s to the hope that he gets past this moment and runs as far away from this person as he can.
If not, if something like this were to happen again he will indeed be guilty.