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Chad Johnson scores first CFL TD, hugs official who doesn’t return the embrace

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Former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson scored his first Canadian Football League regular season touchdown on Friday night, and it was no bunny.

Johnson, who’s now playing for the Montreal Alouettes, got behind the Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ secondary and hauled in a 46-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Troy Smith, giving his club a 7-3 first-quarter lead.

After the touchdown, Johnson embraced side judge Jocelyn Paul, who remained stoic and didn’t return the hug. Johnson then dropped to his left knee and was greeted by his happy teammates.

The touchdown was the 36-year-old Johnson’s first in a regular season pro football game since December 18, 2011, when he caught a 33-yard scoring pass from Tom Brady as a member of the New England Patriots.

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94 Responses to “Chad Johnson scores first CFL TD, hugs official who doesn’t return the embrace”
  1. keepongronking says: Jul 11, 2014 10:23 PM

    From Tom Brady to troy smith. Oh Ocho

  2. projectshadow316 says: Jul 11, 2014 10:25 PM

    Good for him. I’m honestly rooting for the guy.

  3. joeflaccoallday says: Jul 11, 2014 10:27 PM

    That ball was perfect from Troy Smith. Why he was butt when he played in the NFL?

  4. volcom2143 says: Jul 11, 2014 10:28 PM

    Looked like ball was moving to me ….

  5. coltzfan166 says: Jul 11, 2014 10:30 PM

    Good to see he’s still the same. I miss the Lambeau leaps, sombreros, and bribing officials with a dollar stunts.

  6. veence69 says: Jul 11, 2014 10:32 PM

    I wish this guy had focused more on growing as a WR and less on his public image and TD celebrations. We all missed out on what this guy could have accomplished in the NFL because he was too concerned with his EGO.

    What a waste of talent.

  7. andrewluck12 says: Jul 11, 2014 10:35 PM

    Congrats to him… I guess. Nice to see he’s still up to his old antics

  8. gojags says: Jul 11, 2014 10:37 PM

    They should’ve ejected this clown for touching the official delibrately. It would’ve hapenned if it was in NFL.

    What’s next HOF CFL suit? This guy is a sore looser.

  9. sirsupersouthern says: Jul 11, 2014 10:37 PM

    85 was laughably past the line of scrimmage before the center hiked the ball. What a silly league…

  10. mypercyhurts2 says: Jul 11, 2014 10:45 PM

    Chad’s still playing? Child, Please!

  11. axx1 says: Jul 11, 2014 10:50 PM

    I see he still isnt passed his attention seeking antics

  12. Patskrieg dot com says: Jul 11, 2014 10:51 PM

    Now did the red remain emotionless because he’s a professional, because he was stunned Johnson could concentrate for long enough to catch a pass, or because he’s Canadian?

  13. logicalvoicesinmyhead says: Jul 11, 2014 10:52 PM

    That’s depressing.

  14. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 11, 2014 10:52 PM

    I see you Troy Smith, 46 on the play, but the throw was a 50 yard rope, nice pass.

  15. drew2k2 says: Jul 11, 2014 10:53 PM

    Kinda shows this guy just loves football

  16. wave222 says: Jul 11, 2014 10:55 PM


  17. vincelombardisghost says: Jul 11, 2014 10:56 PM

    That’s funny!

  18. reesesteel23 says: Jul 11, 2014 10:57 PM

    Lol! The NFL needs this dude.

  19. hrdcorbengalsfan says: Jul 11, 2014 10:59 PM

    Way to go, Chad!

  20. reporterofthetruth says: Jul 11, 2014 11:02 PM

    “We don’t showboat up here Chad.”
    Canadians Everywhere

  21. thejabronisayz says: Jul 11, 2014 11:02 PM

    Would that have been called a touchdown in the NFL?

  22. raqaiw says: Jul 11, 2014 11:03 PM

    HOF Class of ??

  23. campcouch says: Jul 11, 2014 11:09 PM

    Have fun Chad!

  24. dkalev says: Jul 11, 2014 11:10 PM

    Good for him, I’m glad. It’s good to see players still be able to compete if not here then somewhere else that will appreciate their efforts and love for the game

  25. seatownballers says: Jul 11, 2014 11:10 PM

    Still better than any Vikings player

  26. hatefueledmanchild says: Jul 11, 2014 11:12 PM

    In the NFL that would be a “drop”.

  27. rando74 says: Jul 11, 2014 11:15 PM

    Good for him. Least he’s still trying to play. He could be a media circus sucking every last bit of fame. Let him be

  28. silverandblack052099 says: Jul 11, 2014 11:16 PM

    That’s probably a penalty in the NFL.

  29. dawgnme says: Jul 11, 2014 11:21 PM

    Sad, really

  30. bamboozle99 says: Jul 11, 2014 11:24 PM

    Who is Chad Johnson? Ocho??

  31. philyeagles5 says: Jul 11, 2014 11:27 PM

    Ref couldn’t if he wanted to.

  32. tooz72 says: Jul 11, 2014 11:28 PM

    always has to do something to upstage the game itself

  33. montrealraider says: Jul 11, 2014 11:33 PM

    Heart braking loss, but a good effort by the Alouettes. Im was happy for Chad.

    Troy Smith has a long way to go BTW. Both in decision making and mechanics/accuracy. Not convinced he will be a long term starter in the CFL.

  34. r8dernation says: Jul 11, 2014 11:37 PM

    Good to see him resurrect his career after Belichick killed it.

  35. ajgreenhof says: Jul 11, 2014 11:49 PM

    6x Pro Bowler
    2x 1st team All-Pro
    Led his conference in receiving 4 times in a row (NFL record)
    2x AFCN champ
    7x 1000 yard seasons
    30th all-time in receiving yards

    A Bengal legend.

  36. mazenblue says: Jul 11, 2014 11:52 PM


  37. tictoccpthook says: Jul 11, 2014 11:55 PM

    Good luck Chad! Congratulations on a great play.

  38. uglydingo says: Jul 11, 2014 11:55 PM

    If Chad Johnson and Troy Smith are tearing it up in the CFL, maybe Tim Tebow should park his pride and head up there too.

  39. gregmorris78 says: Jul 11, 2014 11:56 PM

    Glad he’s playing somewhere

  40. jetsfan67 says: Jul 12, 2014 12:04 AM

    Good for you Chad. Now save your money so
    you can retire.

  41. vaughnjoe says: Jul 12, 2014 12:08 AM

    Hug it out Chad!! That ref will warm up after a few of those.

  42. kevindoc593 says: Jul 12, 2014 12:09 AM

    Im happy for him, everyone deserves a 2nd chance to do something they love.

    That being said, man thats hard to believe the last TD pass he caught was from Tom Brady feels like forever since he was wearing Pats colors… and on top of that He went from catchin TD’s from Brady to Troy Smith??? lol Im a Gator fan so the only thing I can even think of with T. Smith is what the Gators did to him in the National Championship game… wanna say he ended up with Negative total yards for that game. Oh the memories

  43. leet793 says: Jul 12, 2014 12:11 AM

    Perhaps he parked the officials space

  44. cardmagnet says: Jul 12, 2014 12:16 AM

    For the first time in a very long history, the CFL will have to start instituting fines and rules against celebrations. Way to go, Ocho.

  45. hosmachine says: Jul 12, 2014 12:17 AM

    wow the troy smith the undersized heisman trophy winner from the Ohio st university. Jonny manziel look at your future. hahaha

  46. mrcogburn says: Jul 12, 2014 12:19 AM

    Pathetic, really.

  47. davikes says: Jul 12, 2014 12:20 AM

    Somewhere, Carson Palmer is laughing.

  48. ken14andersonforhof says: Jul 12, 2014 12:37 AM

    next TD, CFL HOF jacket? Go Chad!!

  49. bskeezy00 says: Jul 12, 2014 12:40 AM

    Good for Ocho! As big of a character this guy is, he makes football fun for everyone. Glad to see him playing, and I can’t wait to see his next celebration!

  50. kd75 says: Jul 12, 2014 12:42 AM

    “UM, if you don’t let go of me, I cant raise my arms to signal a touchdown. So, ya get off me ya hoser…”

  51. rdrfan says: Jul 12, 2014 12:42 AM

    Next thing he will be pulling out his hall of fame cape. This guy never learns. He should join the circus.

  52. wyrdawg says: Jul 12, 2014 12:43 AM

    Poor guy. That.. just.. looks awkward.

    Yeah, I know. But, still..

  53. northbynw27 says: Jul 12, 2014 12:50 AM

    If that was a catch Canadian football is goofier than expected.

  54. gridirondre says: Jul 12, 2014 12:54 AM

    Glad to see him still out there…keep balling

  55. 87hollywoodhorn says: Jul 12, 2014 1:04 AM

    U gotta think hes still got something in the tank. Always thought the Pats screwed up with him. Didnt let him do his thing and tried to force him be something he wasnt.
    Bengals Johnson did not play the same position as Patriots Johnson, thats a fact. The legal troubles is what got him out the league, imo. Not being washed up.

  56. jimthebuilder27 says: Jul 12, 2014 1:12 AM


    Wish this guy would stop with the showboating. How about doing what Barry Sanders used to do…score the TD, hand the ball to the ref and move on?

  57. bryantrulen says: Jul 12, 2014 1:26 AM

    Chad, We all Love You. It’s hard to believe you had the Football World convinced during your prime that you wereTHE best WR in the NFL but you pulled it off Wedont expect you to mature just keep being chad

  58. manasewitsch says: Jul 12, 2014 1:53 AM

    He rules lol

  59. snipedanglecelly13 says: Jul 12, 2014 1:57 AM

    Who cares about Canadian football

  60. moses74 says: Jul 12, 2014 1:59 AM

    Child Please!

  61. jakeplummersghost says: Jul 12, 2014 1:59 AM

    Those Canadians are cold.

  62. biggs13 says: Jul 12, 2014 2:44 AM

    Good for Chad. I hope he learned his lesson.

  63. coachbeck says: Jul 12, 2014 2:48 AM

    Good for chad

  64. odie02 says: Jul 12, 2014 4:08 AM

    Why are the Dolphins always tagged in Chad Johnson stories? He never made it to the regular season with them.

  65. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Jul 12, 2014 4:08 AM

    idc if i’m the 1st post or not. HELL YEA OCHO! Get it!!!!! Td all day! i’ve been watching the cfl games and I LOVE THEM! It’s a great sport! Very entertaining and shows why the NFL needs a junior league in the spring and summer. Or w/e. Great times! Happy for ocho!

  66. harrisonhits2 says: Jul 12, 2014 4:17 AM



  67. wcucarter says: Jul 12, 2014 5:08 AM

    How in the world was that ruled a completion?

  68. 7pints says: Jul 12, 2014 5:26 AM

    He’s the overtly drunk guy at the party that everyone just wants to go home. Go home, Chad.

  69. johnnyb1976 says: Jul 12, 2014 5:35 AM

    I can hear the ” you’ve still got it ” chants from here.

  70. bux1022 says: Jul 12, 2014 5:50 AM

    Ocho! Let’s go

  71. jerrysglassescleaner says: Jul 12, 2014 5:57 AM

    Deep down, he is a good hearted person and really made the NFL fun. Good luck to you Chad. Rooting for ya.

  72. couldntthinkofaname says: Jul 12, 2014 6:47 AM

    Chad hugged an official? Not that there’s anything wrong with it.

  73. completefan says: Jul 12, 2014 8:01 AM

    How about this … The Blue Bombers, 3-15 last year, are now 3-0. The Eskimos, 4-14 last year, are now 3-0.

  74. completefan says: Jul 12, 2014 8:03 AM

    Give Troy Smith a break, he’s trying to follow in the footsteps of Anthony Calvillo and his 79,800 career yards.

  75. chargrz says: Jul 12, 2014 8:13 AM

    Go away Chad.

  76. doctorrustbelt says: Jul 12, 2014 8:13 AM

    Now… check the final score and the statistics in the box score:

    1 rec. – 46 yards – 1 td

    Winnipeg – 34
    Montreal — 33

    Maybe… chad ochojohnsoncinco should catch more than one pass and help the team win instead of acting the fool in a loss.

  77. Stiller43 says: Jul 12, 2014 9:30 AM

    No shot that should have counted

  78. ptownbearsfan420 says: Jul 12, 2014 9:32 AM

    Good for him! At least his pride wasn’t so huge he didn’t stop playing. Who cares if its the CFL. Get it Ocho!!

  79. upperdecker19 says: Jul 12, 2014 10:21 AM

    But will he be changing his name to “quatre vingt cinq” anytime soon?

  80. cornersss says: Jul 12, 2014 10:28 AM

    “That ball was perfect from Troy Smith. Why he was butt when he played in the NFL?”

    Same reason anyone looks better when playing with inferior talent then you.

    Kind of like playing with kids a few years younger then you in Jr high in football.

  81. jackrabbit56 says: Jul 12, 2014 10:44 AM

    upperdecker19 says:
    Jul 12, 2014 10:21 AM
    But will he be changing his name to “quatre vingt cinq” anytime soon?

    Well, if he gets it wrong like he did when he first changed it, he’d go with Huitcinq.

  82. csbanter says: Jul 12, 2014 11:26 AM

    He would be a regular on NFL Network if he didn’t assault his wife, but like his cousin Keyshawn they’re both damaged goods now.

  83. flyeaglesfly79 says: Jul 12, 2014 11:32 AM

    For those of you unfamiliar with the CFL, it is a great league and much better that some of you south of the border give it credit for. I’ve been to many NFL games…have you ever seen a CFL game? If not, time to shut up. The talent level is much higher in the NFL, but the games are not always more entertaining…I’ve seen my share of NFL games with a final score of 9-6, and I would take almost any high-scoring CFL affair over one of those. The CFL is 10 times better than any Arena league or NFL Europe game you’ve ever seen.

    Personally, I prefer the NFL…the drama, storylines, production value, etc. is much better. That said, there is room for more than one professional football league in North America, and the CFL is a close second and a great experience.

    There’s no comparison between the two leagues, but make no mistake – the CFL doesn’t want to be the NFL’s developmental league, and it never will be. Open your mind and you might learn to enjoy something different….or keep posting “who cares about the CFL” comments, really makes no difference to us north of the border. We expect ignorance from a good percentage of Americans (not all, but some), and you prove us right almost every time.

  84. workin4theweekend says: Jul 12, 2014 12:00 PM

    As a Cincinnati guy, I miss Ocho. I understand why people and teams criticized him for his antics, but I personally found they added an additional element of entertainment and fun to the NFL games. The purpose of this sport is to entertain us after all.

  85. bonniebengal says: Jul 12, 2014 12:18 PM

    He was obviously thrilled to be playing again, and I’m happy for him.

  86. blazophoto says: Jul 12, 2014 1:02 PM

    Would have liked to see him play a season for Miami but Joe Philbin had to use him as his sacrificial lamb on “Hard Knocks.”

  87. granadafan says: Jul 12, 2014 1:27 PM

    These type of antics are exactly why no team in the NFL will touch him.

  88. afcdomination says: Jul 12, 2014 1:54 PM

    unlike T.O or Moss he is not a HoF WR. I can’t stand his antics and am so darn happy he no longer plays in the NFL. enjoy the Arena League.

    personally, I watch football for the football and not the circus. Johnson is the circus.

  89. afcdomination says: Jul 12, 2014 1:55 PM

    “joe philbin used him as his sacrificial lamb on hard knocks”

    really? so Chad is arrested for domestic violence, and he is now a scapegoat? nice! that is just amazing to me

  90. vincentbojackson says: Jul 12, 2014 2:11 PM

    ajgreenhof | Jul 11, 2014, 11:49 PM EDT
    6x Pro Bowler
    2x 1st team All-Pro
    Led his conference in receiving 4 times in a row (NFL record)
    2x AFCN champ
    7x 1000 yard seasons
    30th all-time in receiving yards

    A Bengal legend.


    “Bengal Legend” with zero playoff wins.

    The bar is set very low in Cincy.

  91. mackcarrington says: Jul 12, 2014 3:58 PM

    How come Ray Rice is vilified for hitting his woman, but when it comes to this guy, everyone seems to conveniently forget that the reason he is in the CFL is for hitting HIS woman.

  92. ducksk says: Jul 12, 2014 4:22 PM

    Mouth was just too big the the game. Please learn from him.

  93. completefan says: Jul 12, 2014 8:51 PM

    By the way, thank you, PFT for finally becoming. PFT. There are TWO professional football leagues and your coverage of TWO professional football leagues is greatly appreciated.

  94. realmenwearstripes says: Jul 16, 2014 11:19 AM

    I used to be one of Chad’s biggest supporters. I loved the entertainment quality he brought to the game. When people asked me how I could like him, I would say “because he has never been in trouble.”

    Then he hit his wife, and I threw my #85 jersey in the trash that same day.

    I wish him luck and a good life, but I can’t support any player that is violent toward anyone, especially their spouse.

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