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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.

Speak on it, Clutchettes and Gents: Do you think Chad got off too easy for this domestic violence incident? Do you think it sends the right message to the public?

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  • Overseas_Honeybee

    He has destroyed his name and his brand. He’s pretty much Kryptanite (close enough spelling) in the industry. He will be reaping the consequences of his actions for years to come.Trust … he is already paying a high price.

  • ChillyRoad

    The only one who is getting off easy is Evelyn.

  • SHELL

    He is still facing PRISON time…Lets not forget that. Failed “Marriage”, failed career, possible felony and prison sentence…. What else needs to be done?

    • He needs to be tarred and feathered?

  • Anthony

    I’m not a fan of Evelyn Lozada, and I do not feel sorry for her, but she did not deserve to be battered at all. Unless a man fears bodily injury or death, he needs to keep his off of a woman unless they are making love! Chad Johnson is paying the price for being delusional enough to think that all of those “exotic” women actually wanted him. I don’t know if his baby-momma is cool or not, but I suspect he would been better off if he taken a serious look at the mother of his four kids instead of chasing a woman that looks good on TV.

  • soulfullyreal

    a good 98% of celebs get off too easy for any random crime, so why would this be any different?