Judge issues warrant for Chad ‘Ochocinco’ Johnson

 

jbrown@MiamiHerald.com

Former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Chad Johnson may have lost Dancing with the Stars, but he may now be dancing his way to jail.

The Broward Sheriff’s office on Thursday announced that they had issued an arrest warrant for the trouble-prone one-time twinkle-toes for skipping out on his probation and a court-ordered domestic violence counseling program.

Johnson apparently missed two probation check-ins in February and March, and a warrant for his arrest was signed by a judge on May 7 . His whereabouts remained a mystery Thursday. The unemployed football player, who legally changed his name to “Chad Ochocinco” (after his jersey number, 85) only to revert to his previous surname, tweeted Thursday that he was “Chilly in Pasadena.’’

Johnson’s Fort Lauderdale attorney, Adam Swickle, was on vacation Thursday and unavailable for comment.

Johnson was arrested in August after he allegedly head-butted his wife of one month, Evelyn Lozada. The two had a blow-up after she found a receipt for condoms in his car, police said at the time. As the couple pulled into the driveway of their Davie home, Johnson allegedly hauled off and struck her with his head.

That same day, the six-time Pro-Bowler was cut by the team.

His outspokenness had irritated the Dolphins’ brass. For instance, At one news conference, he had launched an expletive-laced rant, claiming that he had smoked marijuana with rock star Gene Simmons during the offseason and that he was seriously considering a second career in pornography.

The Miami Beach High grad pleaded no contest in September to charges of misdemeanor domestic violence and, as part of a plea deal, was sentenced to one year’s probation and ordered to undergo counseling.

He and Lozada had earlier documented their whirlwind courtship and engagement on the reality TV show Basketball Wives. (She was previously engaged to former NBA star Antoine Walker.)

Just two weeks ago, the unemployed NFL receiver made headlines again when he took a Miami Beach homeless man named “Porkchop” under his wing. He tweeted about his friendship with the street-dweller, telling his 4.5 million Twitter followers about their escapades.

Before marrying Lozada, Johnson appeared as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars, where he was eliminated in the semi-final round. To thank his dance partner, Cheryl Burke, he gave her a $10,000 diamond ring. She later admitted that the pair had had a fling.

On his Twitter account he describes himself as “Richly unemployed.’’

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