After a head-butting altercation that left Evelyn Lozada in stitches, Chad Johnson’s life seemed to unravel at once. Their VH1 show “Ev & Ocho” was cancelled, he was released from the Miami Dolphins team and dropped from several endorsements. Though public opinion originally seemed to implicate Evelyn for her bullying on “Basketball Wives,” she did a string of public appearances, including “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” which seemed to humanize her.
Conversely, Chad appeared to have gone off the deep end after being charged with misdemeanor battery. He got a tattoo of Evelyn’s face on his leg and stalled to sign divorce papers amid discovery of a domestic violence incident in his past.
The athlete seems to have turned a new leaf more recently. He signed the divorce papers and arrived at a plea deal with the prosecution, which offers anger management classes and probation in lieu of jail time. A judge is expected to sign off on the deal at a hearing by the end of this week.
The arrangement is off-putting to some, who feel a stronger punishment is needed. They believe Chad’s plea deal sends a message that men with money and power who abuse their partners are above strict retribution.
Many also find it hard to believe his rehabilitation rhetoric since the head-butting incident was so recent.
During a teary appearance on “Inside the NFL,” Chad was asked if he was on speaking terms with Evelyn and is quoted as saying: “What can I say…actions speak louder than words and this is the time for me to show action.” That’s one thing I believe everyone agrees with.