Chad Johnson pleads no contest, avoid jail time at ex-wife’s request

Chad Johnson appeared in a Broward, Florida, courtroom this morning and entered a plea of no contest to misdemeanor domestic battery, avoiding jail time in an agreement with prosecutors and his ex-wife.

Instead of jail time, Johnson was sentenced to probation and required to attend anger management classes, which Johnson has said he started doing even before the court ordered it. Although the maximum penalty for misdemeanor domestic battery is 364 days in jail, the prosecutor told the judge that Johnson’s ex-wife, Evelyn Lozada, did not want to see Johnson go to jail.

“She did not wish to proceed with the prosecution and certainly did not wish that Mr. Johnson be incarcerated as a result of this incident,” prosecutor Sarahnell Murphy said.

Johnson agreed to have absolutely no contact with his ex-wife, and the judge told Johnson that meant not just not seeing her but, “No e-mail, no Twitter, no text.” Johnson has said he wants to reconcile with Lozada, but he promised the judge today that he won’t be in touch with her at all, and the prosecutor made clear that that’s what Lozada wants.

If Johnson ever returns to the NFL, he will be subject to discipline under the league’s personal-conduct policy — which is one more reason NFL teams may think he’s not worth the trouble.

25 responses to “Chad Johnson pleads no contest, avoid jail time at ex-wife’s request

  1. the prosecutor told the judge that Johnson’s ex-wife, Evelyn Lozada, did not want to see Johnson go to jail.
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    Sounds like the words of a woman’s guilty conscience.

  2. Dude is a ticking time bomb. I thought he was going to hide behind Chris Collinsworth and cry like a newborn on that interview last night. I hope he can find a way to be happy with the millions he’s already made. Seems like the only thing he knows is adversity. Without it he’s bored.

  3. You got tons of $$, here is my advice… go find a nice small or middle town girl, could never understand why athlete go after these chicks.

  4. I think Johnson should have known better not to marry Lozada in the first place. I mean c’mon, she was on a reality television show that is basically all about money. She only dropped the charges so not to scare away any future sugar daddy’s… I mean potential mates.

  5. joetoronto says: Sep 21, 2012 10:28 AM

    I hope we never hear from this loser again.
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    The same could be said for you.

  6. Is that the same penalty Stallworth got for killing someone or did he get at least 2 days in jail? Florida is something else.

  7. Chad obviously made some huge life changing mistakes. I for one, hope he learns from them, grows from them, changes for them, and gets a second opportunity in the NFL, much like Vick and Plax did. Good luck Chad!

  8. If Pacman Jones/Talib got all those chances, I don’t see why Chad Johnson shouldn’t either. He does not seem like a bad guy. He just made a bad decision.

  9. I like chad, but how is it that anyone making more than $30,000 a year never pleads guilty but always gets to plead no contest?

    Just like all these big corporations stealing money and dont have to admit guilt after.

  10. “I hope someone gives him a chance and he redeems himself. Some of you glass house guys are unreal.”

    Somebody did and now we’re looking at his mugshot.

  11. blackandbluedivision
    Sep 21, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT
    the prosecutor told the judge that Johnson’s ex-wife, Evelyn Lozada, did not want to see Johnson go to jail.
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    Sounds like the words of a woman’s guilty conscience.
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    That’s stating it lightly.

    Max
    Sep 21, 2012, 11:14 AM EDT
    You got tons of $$, here is my advice… go find a nice small or middle town girl, could never understand why athlete go after these chicks.
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    If you can’t realistically think of some reasons, then you’d never understand it at all even if it was explained to you as if you were a 5 year old.
    Btw, how is your middle town lady doing?

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