It was reported on Thursday that former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson has an arrest warrant out for him, issued by the Miami Police Department. We now know the reason for that arrest warrant being issued, as according to USA Today, a judge issues the warrant for Johnson after the ex-wide receiver failed to show up for a probation hearing stemming from his August 2012 arrest.
In that incident back in 2012, the recently signed Johnson was arrested on domestic abuse charges after he struck then-wife Evelyn Lozada, causing bodily harm. Johnson eventually plead no contest to the crime and was sentenced to probation. Further punishment for Johnson’s crime came in the form of a divorce from both Lozada and the Miami Dolphins.
The whole ordeal was covered as part of last season’s Hard Knocks show on HBO.
The warrant for Johnson’s arrest has actually been valid since May 7th, as that’s the date a Broward circuit judge issued the document. Johnson has yet to turn himself in, but he’s likely going to do so very soon. There’s not real reason for Johnson to remain a fugitive from the law, as if he’s trying to make an NFL comeback, adding federal fugitive to resume is not something that will entice teams to offer him a contract.
While he’s on the lam, this seems to be the last nail in the coffin containing Johnson’s NFL career. He could easily spin his life into a reality show, but even that career now needs work. The bottom is falling out from under Johnson more so than we’ve ever seen and hopefully he comes to his senses and gets the help he needs.