Broward County

Ex-Dolphin Chad Johnson posts bail on domestic charge

 

Chad Johnson spent a night in the Broward County lockup after a fight with his new wife. Later Sunday, the Miami Dolphins released him.

abeasley@MiamiHerald.com

Moments after he head-butted his new bride Saturday night, opening a three-inch gash on her forehead, Miami Dolphins receiver Chad Johnson began screaming outside their Davie home.

“I don’t give a f---! I don’t give a f--- about my career!” Johnson reportedly shouted.

That’s the account Johnson’s new wife, Evelyn Lozada, told Davie police Saturday, about the same time she decided to press charges against her enigmatic husband.

Johnson spent the night in the Broward County lockup, held on misdemeanor domestic-abuse charges until posting a $2,500 bond Sunday afternoon.

As he walked out of jail just after 1 p.m., Johnson had no comment. He was accompanied by his attorney, Adam Swickle. Both men climbed into a black SUV and drove away.

Sunday evening, the Dolphins released him.

As Johnson left the jail, a few miles west in Davie the Dolphins were starting a Sunday training session without Johnson, who had been trying to win a spot on the team.

News of his arrest broke late Saturday, but it wasn’t until Davie police released Johnson’s arrest report the next afternoon that the event’s more explosive details become public.

According to what Lozada told police, Johnson head-butted her while the two argued in their tiny Smart car parked in the driveway of their house on Juniper Lane.

Lozada, a VH1 reality TV star, then ran to a neighbor’s home in the posh, gated community, police said. That’s when Johnson began cursing about his pro football career, which has recently fallen on hard times after a decade of standout play.

Johnson then took a ride around the neighborhood, but was stopped by police. He admitted to a confrontation, the police report states, but claims Lozada, not he, initiated the head-butt.

The argument began as the couple, who married on July 4, returned to their Davie home after shopping, the report states. In the trunk of the car, Lozada found a Walgreens receipt for condoms. The quarrel escalated, ending with the head-butt.

“She has a pretty good-size laceration on her forehead,” said Davie police Capt. Dale Engle.

Lozada said Johnson gave it to her, while Johnson countered that he was actually the recipient of the head-to-head blow. Cops apparently believed her side of the story, and arrested Johnson on battery charges just before 9 p.m.

Johnson was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the incident, police say.

Johnson was taken to jail, and had to wait until the next morning for a bond hearing, appearing before a Broward judge at 8:30 a.m. His bond was set at $2,500, and he was ordered to have no contact with his wife.

Swickle, Johnson’s Fort Lauderdale-based criminal-defense attorney, would not comment on the specifics of the case. He did say that said such judicial instructions are common in domestic violence cases. Swickle said that Lozada was not present in the courtroom Sunday morning.

Although Johnson has been ordered to steer clear of Lozada, he is not prevented from returning to his home if she is not there.

Johnson’s run-in with the law came at a time when his spot on the Dolphins was already in danger, in part due to off-color comments he made during a team news conference last week.

Joe Philbin, the Dolphins’ first-year coach, said little specifically about the arrest after Sunday afternoon’s practice beyond a statement he read at the outset of his daily news conference.

Lozada, 36, was formerly engaged to onetime Miami Heat player Antoine Walker.

Johnson, a Liberty City native, has a history of domestic violence. More than a decade ago, he got into an altercation with his then-girlfriend Chevon Jex while in junior college. After neighbors called police, Johnson was placed on probation for the offense, while also ordered to take anger-management classes.

Miami Herald Gossip Extra columnist Jose Lambiet contributed to this report.

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