Bond set at $2,500 for Dolphins' Chad Johnson
Posted On: Sunday, 12 August 2012 Last Updated: Sunday, 12 August 2012
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Dolphins receiver Chad Johnson was being held on $2,500 bond Sunday on a domestic violence charge after his wife accused him of head-butting her during an argument, police said. Johnson was jailed in Broward County, Fla.
Johnson's defense attorney, Adam Swickle, said Johnson posted the bond Sunday morning, though jail records show he had not yet been released. Swickle said a no-contact order has been issued that prevents Johnson from contacting his wife, Evelyn Lozada, who is on the reality TV show "Basketball Wives."
Such orders are common in domestic violence cases.
Swickle declined to comment further.
Police say Johnson was arrested Saturday. He is accused of head-butting his wife during an argument in front of their Miami home. Davie police Capt. Dale Engle said the argument started when Lozada confronted Johnson about a receipt she had found for a box of condoms.
If convicted, Johnson faces a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine, though he could also receive community service, probation or anger management classes.
He was known as Ochocinco for the past four seasons but changed his name back to Johnson after his July 4 wedding to Lozada. The name was a playful reference to the No. 85 he wore on his jersey.
Johnson and Lozada were prominent in the recent first episode of HBO's "Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Miami Dolphins."
VH1's "Basketball Wives" is filmed in Miami and also features Shaunie O'Neal, the former wife of former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal. Lozada used to be the fiancee of NBA player Antoine Walker.