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2012 no contest plea could keep Chad Johnson out of Canada

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Receiver Chad Johnson finally has found a suitor.  Now, he simply needs governmental clearance to consummate the deal.

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS, the Montreal Alouettes continues to wait for word on whether Johnson will be given the appropriate permit to work in Canada.  The team could get final word within the next 7-10 days.

If Johnson can’t get a permit, Johnson can’t play in Canada.  And if he can’t play in Canada, he can’t play anywhere.

Unless he wants to play in the Arena Football League.

Johnson last played in a pro football game that counts more than two years ago, as a member of the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI.  He was cut by the Dolphins during 2012 training camp after being arrested for assaulting his wife.  He pleaded no contest to the charges.

And that could be what ultimately keeps Johnson out of Canada.  People with criminal records routinely are blocked from securing permission to work in Canada.  Johnson could circumvent the banishment by proving that he has been rehabilitated, among other potential exceptions.

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38 Responses to “2012 no contest plea could keep Chad Johnson out of Canada”
  1. canetic says: Apr 28, 2014 9:35 PM

    We let Beiber stay, they owe us one.

  2. kd75 says: Apr 28, 2014 9:38 PM

    Ocho no-no…

  3. amazingguy101 says: Apr 28, 2014 9:39 PM

    Justin bieber = Chad Johnson

  4. isphet71 says: Apr 28, 2014 9:40 PM

    Ouch. The sins of the past return to haunt him, yet again.

  5. scw37 says: Apr 28, 2014 9:40 PM

    Hey Ocho, looking back, that “Future H.O.F.” jacket on the sideline may have been a bit premature, eh?

  6. Patskrieg dot com says: Apr 28, 2014 9:41 PM

    Is he going to blame this on Belichick stifling his creativity too?

  7. steelerdynasty2010 says: Apr 28, 2014 9:41 PM

    NFL, take a page from Canada…stop letting every idiot (particularly the ones with criminal records, especially when convicted of a serious offense WHILE EMPLOYED by the league) with football talent into your league, and things look a whole lot better, VERY quickly.

  8. remyje says: Apr 28, 2014 9:54 PM

    sometimes i start to feel bad for him. then, i snap out of it…

  9. draftdaze says: Apr 28, 2014 9:55 PM

    Let’s revisit this in a few weeks. Maybe I’m cynical, but I have a hard time believing money won’t win out on this one. Ocho is gonna put more butts in the seats and more eyes on the CFL. I’d be surprised if he’s not suiting up this season.

    Anybody wanna bet on how this will turn out?

  10. doe22us says: Apr 28, 2014 9:58 PM

    Boy 1/2 of the nfl rosters will be banned from playing in Canada…

  11. mr4thand1 says: Apr 28, 2014 10:02 PM

    French word for “Child Please!”

  12. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 28, 2014 10:07 PM

    “Nolo contendre” as they say in Quebec. Well they say it everywhere else too, but it sounds better with a Quebecois accent.

  13. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 28, 2014 10:09 PM

    Ocho was also diagnosed with Mad Wide Receiver disease.

  14. craniator says: Apr 28, 2014 10:09 PM

    I think he ought to be able to play ; I don’t see any scenario in which not allowing him to play benefits anyone.

  15. pabrownsfan says: Apr 28, 2014 10:11 PM

    Coming from a Browns fan everyone can say what they want but the guy had talent and was a baller.

  16. MedicFL1 says: Apr 28, 2014 10:13 PM

    You all do know that you don’t even have to touch a person to have that charge brought against you right?
    Have a woman call the police and see who gets arrested. In America that’s one bias that still holds true.
    As a professional I’ve seen my share of these incidents go unfounded, but for the sake of “safety” one of you is going and that my friend 9 out of 10 times will be the male.
    Cautionary tale here…your house or not, leave before it even gets that far.
    A person can’t argue when their alone.

  17. drewzducks says: Apr 28, 2014 10:13 PM

    “…people with criminal records are routinely blocked from securing work in Canada…” Maybe he can run for Mayor of Toronto.

  18. tdl8 says: Apr 28, 2014 10:14 PM

    Oh, I’m SOOO upset for him! Maybe next time he shouldn’t beat his wife!

  19. mitchfla says: Apr 28, 2014 10:15 PM

    As a Patriots fan we’ve had plenty of average to bad receivers during the Brady era. Chad Johnson has got to rank right up there with the latter. Future HOF ? What HOFer either couldn’t learn “the playbook” or catch more than 15 passes and 1 touch down with Brady throwing you soft balls. Yeah he’s gonna light it up in Canada.

  20. guiness17 says: Apr 28, 2014 10:32 PM

    We’ll let him in if you agree to keep Beiber. Deal?

  21. jbarr1 says: Apr 28, 2014 10:46 PM

    Where’s the WLAF when you need it?

  22. jayniner says: Apr 28, 2014 11:26 PM

    Canada, today is your lucky day.

    For every professional American athlete you buy named Johnson, we throw in a free Justin Bieber to go with him….

  23. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 28, 2014 11:41 PM

    Well, if the CFL doesn’t work out he may have to lower his sights and consider the Vikings.

  24. howintensive says: Apr 28, 2014 11:44 PM

    So how does this work in the NBA/MLB when a US player with a criminal record gets traded/signed by Toronto?

  25. catquick says: Apr 28, 2014 11:45 PM

    But they want to move a team to Canada? Half the guys won’t make road games!

  26. ralphwilsonisrich says: Apr 29, 2014 12:06 AM

    Did he take that gold HOF jacket with him?

  27. raiders4ever says: Apr 29, 2014 1:32 AM

    Chad wearing that HOF jacket that day was just part of his routine..he didnt mean anything bad by it it wasnt even real so give me a break…he seems like a sincere person and nice guy …all these people bashing him cause of his mistake are acting like they never made a mistake in there sure he learned his lesson and just trying to move on ..Im not even a bengals fan obviously but come on except for that one mistake he just enjoyed making fans laugh and little show boating and was one pretty solid receiver for cincy if you want to talk about Kapernick thats a difrant story

  28. ilovefoolsball says: Apr 29, 2014 2:07 AM

    I never did think he was that funny.

    Most jocks aren’t funny because they always make jokes that make themselves look good, which is the opposite of funny, but people laugh because well, they’re trying.

  29. orivar says: Apr 29, 2014 3:45 AM

    He needs to pick his women better. He got caught up in living the reality life and married that chaotic homewrecker from that chaotic reality show, who happens to be very violent on it and his life was never the same.

    It’s amazing. For all his antics he had never been in trouble. All it took was one moment, one women, and it call went crashing down.

    Evelyn Lozada then quickly moved on to another rich athlete. Hopefully this has taught everybody a valuable lesson.

  30. doctorrustbelt says: Apr 29, 2014 3:47 AM

    … but… baltimore continues to employ ray rice.

  31. joetoronto says: Apr 29, 2014 4:03 AM

    Good, keep the turd on your side of the border.

  32. selldannysell says: Apr 29, 2014 6:26 AM

    And Dan Snyder wanted to give up two first-round draft picks to acquire this clown. Thank you, Mike Brown, from saving us from ourselves!

  33. yooperman says: Apr 29, 2014 7:41 AM

    Canada won’t let you enter their country if you have a drunk driving, even if it happened years ago.

  34. bengalsucker says: Apr 29, 2014 8:35 AM

    If we have to deal with Bieber, you can take Johnson for a while. I still think we’re getting the shaft in that deal.

  35. ballreaper says: Apr 29, 2014 8:53 AM

    For some of the post saying we let Beiber stay , Well there is a reason we happily do that. Beiber is in that HIGH TAX BRACKET category that Uncle Sam can’t resist.Lets just say the amount in taxes Beiber pay us it would be more than enough to sustain a small country.

  36. raynman49 says: Apr 29, 2014 11:32 AM

    Too bad the U.S. isn’t like Canada.

  37. that's the best linebacker i've seen since Joe Montana says: Apr 29, 2014 12:52 PM

    So I guess the 49ers won’t be able to play a game in London, Ontario next season? Unless of course they part ways with, Kaepernick, Aldon Smith, Culliver, Kilgore, … and on and on

  38. jimjcleveland says: Apr 29, 2014 2:06 PM

    Good gravy – he’s been out of football for two years, and the last time he was on a team, he sucked. Even if Canada gives him the “ok,” I’m willing to bet Montreal cuts him in a matter of weeks.

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