The title says it all. After being signed back on July 11th, the 'Chad Johnson Experiment' in Miami is over. As of August 12th, the Miami Dolphins have cut former Cincinnati Bengal and New England Patriot wide receiver Chad Johnson, formerly known as Chad 'Ochocinco'. Chad Johnson's release comes during the aftermath of being arrested the previous evening for domestic violence between him and his now estranged wife ,Evelyn Lozada. Ironically enough, the entire scene of Chad Johnson being released was televised live during 'Hard Knocks'.
Most people would point out the fact that Chad's release stemmed from his Sunday night arrest. However, this was more like the straw that broke the camel's back. Chad seemed to struggle during practice, dropped several passes, and his route running was frustrating the Dolphins' quarterbacks. In his preseason debut last Saturday, a 20-7 loss to Tampa Bay, Chad was targeted only once and dropped what appeared to be an easy catch. Combined with his 'overacting emotions' when on camera, and the fact he signed with the Dolphins after it was announced they would be on for 2012's edition of 'Hard Knocks', it's easy to see why Miami decided that enough was enough and cut their losses.
So after being cut by what many considered to be one of the lower-tier NFL teams, what does the future hold for Chad Johnson? Will he just fade away, join some sort of VH1/MTV Celebrity Show, or will he end up in Oakland, since he fits the M.O. of a Raider's player (former talented veteran player + outcast by other teams + trouble with law)?
Who knows, who knows?
-Ryan L. Fox
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