Chad Johnson‘s domestic dispute with Evelyn Lozada wouldn’t be the first time the former NFL player used more than his words to get his point across. He was found guilty of battery to a woman in 2000.
According to TMZ, who obtained the court records, Johnson had a misdemeanor arrest on February 7, 2000 for slapping his, at that time, girlfriend after he accused her of cheating. This charge was right before he began playing for Oregon State University.
He pleaded no contest and was charged with domestic battery. He was put on three years probation and ordered to serve 45 days in LA County Jail, but Johnson struck a deal to avoid jail time. Instead, he completed 30 days of graffiti removal along with 12 months of batterer’s counseling. He was also ordered to stay 100 yards away from the victim at all times.
Ochocinco took his sweet time completing his graffiti removal and counseling and was ordered another 15 days of graffiti removal. He ultimately completed all his legal obligations in 2002 when he played for the Cincinnati Bengals.
This time, however, Johnson is singing a new song. He claims he has not done anything wrong, while Evelyn released a statement expressing his need for help.