The filter that we apply to story possibilities is getting thicker and thicker when it comes to receiver Chad Johnson, especially since no team has shown any interest in him in the four days since he was cut by the Dolphins. But the latest report regarding the situation merits a quick mention.
RadarOnline.com reports that a “source close to” Chad Johnson and his wife claims that Johnson had been abusive to his wife, Evelyn Lozada, “from the beginning of their relationship.”
The marriage was reportedly “volatile” in nature, and that he once went “off the scale” (whatever that means) because he didn’t want her friends and assistant living in their house. According to the report, “friends were genuinely concerned for her safety.”
The report also claims, citing the unnamed source, that Johnson once threatened to kill Lozada.
If any of this is true, then there should be more witnesses — and they should be willing to go on the record. Even if they aren’t, they could eventually be testifying in court, if the criminal assault charges against Johnson aren’t otherwise resolved.
Regardless of whether others will talk and/or testify about abuse they witnessed, Lozada should be able to add more allegations, either in court or publicly, to go along with her contention that he head-butted her on Saturday night. Unless and until she or others do, it’s hard to give this new report much credence.