Former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson appeared on ESPN’s First Take on Wednesday, to discuss his short marriage to reality star Evelyn Lozado, infidelity, the domestic violence that led to their divorce and his future in NFL.
Let me start by saying that I steered clear of this story when it first broke over the Summer because I have a problem with Evelyn Lozado. She’s made a name for herself by violently bullying other women on television to make money and then after the altercation with Johnson she suddenly became the victim and poster child for domestic violence.
I do not nor have I ever condoned men hitting women or women hitting men for that matter. I do have a problem with people who pimp serious issues for publicity and will do anything for attention.
These two have done just that!
For Johnson, it all had a huge price tag. The bottom line is he got hit in his pockets and that seems to have caught his attention.
On Wednesday when he sat down with the First Take crew he made an admission that we’ve never heard before. He told Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless that it was his fault and took responsibility for his actions.
“Because I know I’m in the wrong. Perception on the outside, everybody sees this one way, okay you got cut. There was a domestic dispute for one. Which was all my fault. Because I’m living life the way it shouldn’t be lived, which is why I lost everything I did… It is what it is. I made the bed. I’m laying in it. I paid the price.”
I for one am glad that he has finally admitted that he did this to himself. The truth is that Ocho Cinco got bigger than Chad Johnson and anytime the ego gets bigger than the man he’s doomed.
Johnson continuously said that nobody can tell him how to eat and he’s right. We can’t tell him how to make money or how to run his life but there is a problem when people know more about your reality headlines than your football stats. When ESPN is reporting what TMZ said about you as a professional ball player…WE HAVE A PROBLEM!
Smith and Bayless also pressured him on his quiet stint with the New England Patriots and his short stint with the Miami Dolphins. At times the debate got heated and he was condescending but he never blamed either organization for his actions. The wide receiver actually feels like he will get a second chance to play in the NFL and if a team decides to give him that chance, more power to them.
After listening to the First Take podcast, I don’t understand why people on message boards, Facebook post and Twitter feeds are bashing Chad Johnson.
What do you guys want from the man? He was candid and real!
He’s damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t!
Besides the fact that I can’t stand Skip Bayless; I don’t see anything wrong with Chad Johnson’s segment on First Take. Everybody is in a tizzy for now because the situation is fresh and hasn’t died down. But what we all know is that as soon as Johnson finishes his 26 week program, shows remorse and a team signs him, the negative publicity will go away.
Johnson spoke his peace, now he should lay low, work out and get ready for next season.
Besides, America loves a comeback…if Brittney Spears can do it…Chad Johnson can do it! He won’t have auto tune but that’s why he has a publicist.
I agree with both of you on different levels. Domestic violence is a very real issue that effects us all...so yes one should be exposed (male or female) but I think that we nd to look at all sides of a situation and be held accountable for our actions. Evelyn made a name for herself on the "reality" show Basketball Wives as a bully who threw wine bottles at other women, jumped over tables to attack them, tossed cups of water and alcohol in other peoples faces and is known for her hair-pulling...punching antics. Wrong is wrong! She can't abuse other people and then cry foul when it happens to her. Also after this happened she hit the media circuit hardcore to tell her side. The diva left the building and she suddenly became a soft spoken little lady who saw the error in her ways. I'm sorry that was an obvious spin move and I take issue with her pimping an issue as serious as domestic violence. She asked viewers to forgive her behavior on the show...so why shouldn't we forgive Chad too? We learned the golden rule as children and it applies here too. Do unto to others as you would have them do unto you. Hopefully this situation will teach them lasting lessons.
I'm torn on this issue. On the one hand, the public's refusal to "forgive and forget" domestic abuse instances involving Chad Johnson and Chris Brown signals that this is no longer a "dirty little secret" that people view as a personal problem. It is reprehensible behavior and it is being called out as such.
On the other hand, highlighted ONLY these few celebrity cases, including the ridiculous "twitter war" involving Brown, seems to trivialize the very real problem faced by thousands of ordinary women around the country who are confronted with this problem.
Sadly, as a society, we continue to use famous people as the very unrealistic examples of what life is like: the criminal justice system does NOT like the OJ trial. Divorce court bears little resemblance to Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries. Domestic abuse, similarly, is a lot uglier than we would glean from watching Chad Johnson or Chris Brown.
I completely agree with you. I listen to the firsttake podcast everyday because I'm typically busy at 10am and when I heard it hyped I was very interested for this show. The funny thing was that I had actually forgot about the incident and thought he was just going to be a guest debater. LIstening to chad talk I thought he was contrite and apologetic and I hope he does get another chance in the nfl. One thing that I appreciated though is Stephen A Smith's opinion that we as a society need to become more pragmatic when it comes to how we as a society view and handle these situations. Not to say that domestic violence is ok or that we need to sweep what Chad did under the rug because its not right and we shouldn't do that. A man should never ever put his hands on a woman, but considering her (Evelyn) public persona and what made her famous I think it deserves us as the general populous to ask is it possible that she did something that instigated or contributed to the incident. Its like a penalty for a foul in sports, the ref's always see who retaliates but rarely who instigates. Not to say that he should ever resort to hitting his wife but having the whole story changes the story versus whatever that was on firsttake. Great article!