Dolphins Release Chad Johnson After Arrest for Domestic Battery

The Miami Dolphins released wide receiver Chad Johnson one day after the six-time Pro Bowl selection was arrested on a domestic battery charge.

Johnson, 34, was released from jail yesterday on $2,500 bond after his wife, Evelyn Lozada, accused him of head-butting her during an argument outside their home in Davie, Florida. Lozada had a cut on her forehead approximately three inches in length, according to a Davie Police Department arrest report.

The Dolphins issued a one-sentence statement last night saying they had terminated Johnson’s contract.

Dolphins first-year coach Joe Philbin had declined to comment specifically on Johnson’s arrest after yesterday’s practice, while telling reporters: “We are going to deal with this at the appropriate time. We’re not going to waste time.”

Johnson and his wife, who were married last month, had been featured prominently on Time Warner Inc.’s HBO “Hard Knocks” program, which chronicles the Dolphins’ National Football League training camp and preseason. Johnson had signed with Miami in June and following his marriage last month changed his last name back from Ochocinco, a name that referred to his uniform number 85.

When questioned by police, Johnson said his wife head- butted him, according to the arrest report. Based on the statements, Johnson was charged with domestic battery, police said.

A two-time All-Pro, Johnson spent his first 10 NFL seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, where he caught 751 passes for 10,783 yards and 66 touchdowns.

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