Evelyn Lozada - Chad Johnson VH1 show 'Ev and Ocho' canceled after arrest
VH1 has canceled the show "Ev and Ocho" following Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson's domestic violence arrest, made after a confrontation with the football player's co-star and wife, Evelyn Lozada.
Johnson, 34, spent a night in jail and was freed on Sunday. He was booked on Saturday on charges of simple battery and misdemeanor domestic violence and is accused of head-butting Lozada during an argument in front of their Florida home. She suffered a cut on her forehead and was hospitalized, police said.
Lozada, 36, married Johnson on July 4 and the couple's wedding plans and ceremony were documented in the VH1 reality show "Ev and Ocho." The series was supposed to premiere on September 3.
"Due to the unfortunate events over the weekend and the seriousness of the allegations, VH1 is pulling the series 'Ev and Ocho' from its schedule and has no current plans of airing it," the cable network said in a statement on its blog on Monday, August 13.
Police had said Lozada had confronted Johnson him about a drugstore receipt that showed a purchase for condoms. The two argued and he got upset and head-butted her when they arrived, she told authorities. Johnson was questioned and said that the two did argue over the receipt but that it was his wife who had head-butted him.
If convicted, Johnson faces a maximum sentence of one year in jail. His career has already suffered a blow - following the incident, the Miami Dolphins cut Johnson from the football team. He had signed with them in June.
"It was more of a body of evidence from June 11 forward," Miami head coach Joe Philbin told ESPN, regarding the move. "When he came in on June 11, we sat down and we talked. I was very clear the expectations of the program, and it just didn't work out. It's more about the fit. In my gut, I didn't feel the fit was going to be beneficial for either party in the short-term or long-term."
Lozada is a reality TV personality who appears in the VH1 series "Basketball Wives." She was previously engaged to NBA player Antoine Walker. Johnson had his own VH1 reality series, "The Ultimate Catch" in 2010 and also competed that year on ABC's "Dancing With The Stars," when he was still known as Chad Ochocinco. He changed his last name back to his birth surname after his wedding.