Chad Johnson - Evelyn Lozada divorce finalized 39 days after battery arrest
Evelyn Lozada's divorce from Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson, formerly of the Miami Dolphins NFL team, has been finalized, more than a month after he was arrested over an August confrontation with her.
Last week, Johnson, 34, pleaded not guilty to his misdemeanor domestic battery charge. The athlete apologized for the incident after Lozada, 36, filed for divorce at a Florida court three days after it occured and 41 days after their wedding. The divorce was finalized on Wednesday, the Associated Press quoted the athlete's lawyer as saying.
The same day, Johnson, talked about his turmoil on the Showtime show "Inside The NFL." He also revealed that he has been taking anger management classes.
"First off, I lost two things that I love, honestly," the 34-year-old said. "Football, I love. You know that. And you know the way I play the game, I enjoy it, I have fun with it, you know? And being married, being a husband, being a lover, it was an honor. You know what I mean? And I lost that. And you know that saying, 'You never know what you have until it's gone? And now I finally know what they mean."
I'm taking classes, anger management classes," he added. "I'm trying to find out how can I channel my anger when I'm in situations to where I would pop off. How can I diffuse those situations, trigger points?"
Lozada, who stars on the VH1 reality show "Basketball Wives," had told police that Johnson head-butted her in front of their Florida home on August 11. The two had argued over a drugstore receipt she had found that showed a purchase for condoms. Johnson said Lozada was the one who had head-butted him during the confrontation.
Johnson was booked on charges of simple battery and misdemeanor domestic violence and spent a night in jail before he was freed the following day. Lozada suffered a cut on her forehead and was hospitalized as a result of the incident, police said.
A hearing about the case has been scheduled for October 31, according to records obtained by OTRC.com. If convicted of misdemeanor domestic battery, Johnson faces a maximum sentence of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Johnson and Lozada married on July 4 and their wedding was filmed for a VH1 reality show, "Ev and Ocho," which references his temporary last name Ochocinco that he had adopted for about four years until this past summer. The cable network later announced that it was cancelling the series in light of Johnson's arrest.
The athlete, who also competed on ABC's "Dancing With The Stars" in 2010 (see photos) hopes to return to professional football. Following the confrontation, the Miami Dolphins cut Johnson from the football team. He had signed with them in June.
Lozada was previously engaged to NBA player Antoine Walker. She has a daughter, Shaneice, from a previous relationship. Johnson also has four children of his own - Jicyra, Chad Johnson II, Chade and Cha'iel.