Chad ‘Ochocinco’ Johnson pleads no contest in domestic abuse case

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Things keep going downhill for former Miami Dolphins player Chad Johnson, formerly known as “Ochocinco.” The free agent wide receiver pleaded no contest to misdemeanor domestic battery charges to avoid a year in jail time, ESPN reports.

Johnson was arrested in early August for allegedly head butting then-wife Evelyn Lozada after she found a receipt for condoms in his pants pocket. In lieu of jail time, Johnson will “complete extensive anger management counseling” according to the decision.

Lozada filed divorce papers the day after the incident, and it was finalized Wednesday.

The day of his arrest, Johnson was released from the Dolphins, only two months after signing with them. Despite the timing, it was not just legal troubles that led to the Dolphins dropping Johnson, but rather his disappointing season with the New England Patriots the year prior.

The five-time pro bowl player shot to stardom during his nine season tenure with the Cincinnati Bengals, however after legally changing his name to his jersey number and earning a reputation for having a massive ego, Johnson fell out of fan favor as his stats dropped too.

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