By Linda Trischitta, Sun Sentinel
11:24 AM PDT, April 2, 2013
Former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Chad Johnson appeared in a Broward County court Monday to demonstrate that he has fulfilled probation and counseling requirements during the past six months, obligations that stem from his arrest on a domestic battery charge, his lawyer said.
Johnson, 35, pleaded not guilty after the Aug. 11 incident when his then-wife, reality TV performer Evelyn Lozada, told Davie Police that he head-butted her after an argument over a receipt for condoms, according to a complaint affidavit.
Lozada left the couple's home for a neighbor's house, where officers noted a laceration on her forehead that required hospital treatment, the report stated.
Johnson told officers that his wife head-butted him, but he did not have cuts or bruises, police said.
Without admitting guilt, Johnson later changed his plea to no contest. He was convicted by his plea and adjudication was withheld, his lawyer Adam B. Swickle said.
On Monday, Johnson asked to be put on administrative probation, a status that would enable him to avoid future court appearances, Swickle said.
The charge at his arrest was a first-degree misdemeanor and punishable by up to a year in jail, the Broward County State Attorney's Office said at the time.
Johnson has since participated in an anger management program with a private counselor, his attorney said.
"If approved by the state attorney's office and the court, Chad wouldn't have any other court obligations, as long as he stays out of trouble through September 21st," Swickle said.
Johnson and Lozada were married July 4 and divorced just 11 weeks later, on Sept. 19, Swickle said.
A love match seemingly made for social media and reality TV, Johnson and Lozada (who has appeared on VH-1's "Basketball Wives") had planned to star in their own TV show that was canceled after their troubles began.
Johnson's charisma off the field brought him fame and show business opportunities that included performing on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" and later, on HBO's "Hard Knocks" while the show profiled the Dolphins during a season when he was trying to make the team.
After Monday's hearing, Johnson told WFOR Ch. 4, "I made a terrible mistake. I've apologized as many times as I could."
As for Lozada, she apparently has moved on. On the website EvelynLozada.com, she blogs about fitness, publishes photos from modeling jobs and promotes her cosmetics and maxi dress fashion lines.
Before college, Johnson attended school in South Florida. He still lives here, his lawyer said.
The attorney declined to say what Johnson is doing now.
"He loves this area," Swickle said. "It's his home."
The Dolphins released Johnson last summer after he spent a night in Broward County's main jail in downtown Fort Lauderdale.
The six-time Pro Bowler and his lawyer both said he hopes to return to football, a sport that he loves and excelled at during an 11-year career while playing for the New England Patriots, the Cincinnati Bengals and briefly, the Dolphins.
"...to have that taken away from me is a horrible blow," Johnson said Monday.
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