As a legal matter, calls placed to 911 aren’t private. And so all of them are subject to release upon request.
And so the 911 call that was placed after receiver Chad Johnson allegedly head-butted his wife on Saturday night has been released.
The call was placed not by Evelyn Lozada but by a male next-door neighbor. The tone and content of the conversation suggests that this was anything but a publicity grab by the soon-to-be-former Mrs. Johnson. If anything, the man who called requested discretion on multiple occasions.
Though the content of the call doesn’t point to guilt, it definitely does nothing to lend credence to the notion that Johnson’s wife is exaggerating, embellishing, and/or fabricating.
Meanwhile, Johnson has said nothing about the situation, presumably on advice of counsel that, amazingly, he is complying with. (So far.) But more than a few of his 3.6 million Twitter followers will begin to interpret Chad’s decision to say nothing (such as, “I didn’t do it!”) as an implicit concession that Johnson did it.
If nothing else, the silence shows that the ordinarily happy-go-lucky Johnson recognizes the very serious nature of the circumstances in which he now finds himself.