Evelyn Lozada files for divorce from Chad Johnson 3 days after arrest
Evelyn Lozada has filed for divorce from football player Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson 41 days after their wedding and just after a confrontation that resulted in him being arrested on suspicion of domestic violence.
Lozada, a 36-year-old star of the VH1 reality show "Basketball Wives," had the papers submitted to a court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Tuesday, August 14, OnTheRedCarpet.com has learned. On the same day, Johnson, 34, issued a statement of apology.
Johnson and Lozada married on July 4 and their wedding was filmed for a VH1 reality show, "Ev and Ocho." The cable network announced on Monday that the series was canceled in light of Johnson's arrest.
Lozada told police that he head-butted her in front of their Florida home on Saturday after the two argued over a drugstore receipt she had found that showed a purchase for condoms.
Johnson was booked on charges of simple battery and misdemeanor domestic violence and spent a night in jail before he was freed on Sunday. Lozada suffered a cut on her forehead and was hospitalized as a result of the incident, police said.
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.
"I would like to apologize to everyone for the recent events that have occurred," he said in a message posted on the website the OchoCinco News Network, which he shared with his some 3.67 million Twitter followers.
"I would like to wish Evelyn well and will never say anything bad about her because I truly love her to death," he said. "I will continue to be positive and train hard for another opportunity in the NFL. To all the fans and supporters I have disappointed, you have my sincerest apologies. I will stay positive and get through this tough period in my life.
Following his arrest, Johnson told police that Lozada was the one who had head-butted him during the confrontation.
"I am deeply disappointed that Chad has failed to take responsibility for his actions and made false accusations against me," Lozada said in a statement, which was also posted on the OchoCinco News Network. "It is my sincere hope that he seeks the help he needs to overcome his troubles."
"Domestic violence is not okay and hopefully my taking a stand will help encourage other women to break their silence as well," she added. "I'm grateful to my family, friends and fans for the outpouring of support during this difficult time."
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.
Lozada also recently dealt with a family tragedy - her brother-in-law Anthony Ochoa, who walked her down the aisle at her wedding and appeared on "Basketball Wives," died on Monday at age 43 after battling cancer. She posted a memorial message on her website along with the photo of the two at the ceremony.