Chad Johnson was competing for a roster spot on the Miami Dolphins when Evelyn Lozada accused him on Aug. 12 of head-butting her during an argument about condoms she found, and she filed for divorce.
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DAVIE, Fla. — Those associated with HBO and NFL Films set the scene for Tuesday's second episode of HBO Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Miami Dolphins with the potential to be a classic.
They cautioned viewers not to miss the first five minutes, going as far as saying the episode was one of the proudest moments in the training camp series.
The final product did not disappoint.
Most likely tuned in to see the demise of former Dolphins wide receiver Chad Johnson. They had to wait until the end of the show to see the meeting between himself and first-year coach Joe Philbin after Johnson was released from jail after his arrest for domestic violence.
Johnson wore a Y & R T-shirt similar to the one he wore walking out of the Broward County jail. Y & R stand for "Young and Reckless."
Johnson was contrite in the meeting. He was humbled and clearly still in some form of shock resulting from the quick turn of events in his life. Johnson went from first-team wide receiver Friday to getting cut by Philibin on Sunday.
"I don't know if this is working for you, me or the Miami Dolphins," Philbin said.
Both men were calm and collected throughout the conversation.
"I've never gotten in trouble," Johnson said.
"It's not just what happened last night," Philbin said referencing the arrest. "...I wish it was different. I wish I could tell you something more encouraging. "I think it's better if we part ways at this point in time. I'm sure it's not good news. It's not good news for us, either."
And with that, Johnson thanked Philbin for the opportunity, shook his hand and left the office.
Hard Knocks also opened a window into Philbin's personal side.
So what happend in those first five minutes? The show begins with the news of the death of the son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid. First-year coach Joe Philbin talks about the death of his son Michael, who died in January. Philbin's wife attended Reid's son's funeral.
Philbin maintained his even demeanor throughout the reflection of his son's passing. Later cameras cut to a scene using the robotic camera in Philbin's office. He's on the phone looking over the rain soaked practice field talking about coping daily with coming to terms with the loss of a child.
Of course, Hard Knocks wouldn't be what it is without exploring the issues related to football.
The key storyline this week was David Garrard 's knee injury, which required knee surgery. We learned Garrard's injury happened at home when he tweaked the knee playing with his son.
An MRI revealed an injury that required surgery, and would sideline him up to four weeks.
In one shot, Jeff Ireland is on the phone talking about the injury. Once he hangs up it's clear Ireland is clearly bothered by the news of Garrard's surgery perhaps hinting at how likely it was Garrard would win the starting job entering the season.
Garrard was listed on the first team, but is likely to miss the entire preseason. That leaves the battle to be settled between Matt Moore and Ryan Tannehill.
Moore didn't learn he would start against Tampa Bay last week until Garrard entered a quarterback meeting before the game with his leg wrapped. Moore was clearly happy to learn he would start, but also disappointed for Garrard.
One element that evolved in the second episode was the true friendly competition between the quarterbacks. Yes, they are competing, but they are all smiles around one another and it appears genuine.
The tight ends were picked apart by the coaches. Les Brown has raw talent, and Michael Egnew is struggling.
We learned Reggie Bush calls Chris Hogan 7-11 because "he's always open."
The poor play of the tight ends was an opportunity to show us a more candid side of offensive coordinator Mike Sherman.
In a team meeting, Sherman calls out Egnew and says, "I would cut you today if I was the general manager."
There's also some light-hearted moments. At one point, the veterans are shown giving haircuts to the rookies. Not only does Josh Samuda get his eyebrows shaved, but also has his haircut into a phallus.
Philbin asks Samuda to stand up in a team meeting to show off the new haircut. The team laughs.
A one-on-one between Sports Illustrated's Peter King and Ireland reveals what many have speculated - the Dolphins have three, four and five receivers, but Ireland is trying to see if the Dolphins have any one, two and three receivers.
And of course, the Dolphins preseason game is chronicled including Tannehill's first snaps in a Dolphins' uniform.
The third episode of Hard Knocks air Tuesday at 10 p.m.
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