FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The Miami Dolphins have released Chad Johnson after the six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver met with coach Joe Philbin on Sunday night, the Dolphins confirmed in a one-sentence press release.
Johnson was arrested Saturday night for domestic violence after an argument with his wife, Evelyn Lozada. He appeared Sunday morning before a judge in Broward County and was later released after posting a $2,500 bond.
Philbin addressed reporters Sunday after the Dolphins' 1 p.m. practice. He said he had not spoken with Johnson at the time, and would wait to comment on Johnson before speaking with him.
Johnson left the Broward County jail just after 1 p.m. on Sunday, one day after his arrest.
Philbin indicated during his Sunday post-practice press conference he would speak with Johnson "sooner rather than later."
Apparently, that conversation took place soon after practice.
Just after 8:30 a.m., Johnson appeared live via video feed in front a judge and was issued a $2,500 bond and a no contact order, instructing him to stay away from his new wife, Evelyn Lozada, the alleged victim.
Johnson later emerged outside the doors of the jail where he hugged his brother, Chauncey, and was accompanied by his lawyer. They did not speak to reporters as he descended down a stairway and walked to a black SUV.
Johnson got in the car, closed the door and the driver sped off with a couple of reporters chasing after them.
His lawyer, Adam B. Swickle said Johnson has not been charged. The state attorney's office will collect all the evidence and make a decision on whether or not to charge within 21 days.
Johnson is facing a misdemeanor.
"I think you're aware I couldn't discuss anything that I've discussed with my client," Swickle said after the hearing. "At this point in time we have no comment."
Chauncey spoke briefly before his brother was released and said, "I'm here to show my support. That's all I can say."
According to the police report, Johnson and his wife argued Saturday night in their driveway sitting in a Smart Car after she found a receipt for a box of condoms in the trunk.
"It gets pretty heated," Capt. Dale Engle said Saturday night. "By the time they get home here in Davie it's pretty heated. She alleges he leaned over and head-butted her. He says she leaned towards him and that they butted heads. Needless to say she has a good laceration on her forehead."
Lozada told police Johnson became upset and grabbed her and head-butted her on the forehead causing a 3-inch laceration, according to the report. She stated Johnson began screaming "I don't give a f---. I don't give a f--- about my career." She then fled to a neighbor's house to escape.
Johnson told police he yelled "f--- it" and then his wife head-butted him causing the laceration. He also told police he drove away from the scene to allow his wife to calm down, according to the report.
Lozada told police she wanted to file charges, according to the report. She was treated on the scene by fire-rescue personnel, and transported to Westside Regional Hospital and discharged from the emergency room late Saturday night, according to a hospital spokesperson.
The 911 tape will not be available until possibly Monday, according to a police.
Philbin said he reminded the players about their first team meeting, and how they would face adversity and distractions.
Philbin told reporters Sunday the Dolphins are all held to a higher standard.
"There will be problems that arise, and you have to deal with them honestly and openly and directly," Philbin said. "You've got to learn from mistakes and move on. You can't hide from the problem."
Johnson started Friday night in the Dolphins' 20-7 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was thrown to one time, and missed a catch on a key third-down conversion that derailed the opening drive and led to a missed 51-yard field goal attempt by Dan Carpenter.
Johnson was supposed to earn $925,000 if he made it to the 53-man roster.
Since entering the NFL in 2001 Johnson, a Miami native who lives in Davie, had never been arrested. But he was arrested in college for a domestic dispute.
Johnson had been one of the NFL's most colorful characters on the football field, but a model citizen off it during his 11-year career. The couple married July 4 and their wedding is supposed to be part of a VH1 reality series that begins in September called Eve & Ocho.
The Dolphins organization has been very guarded about the type of players they add to the roster. That's part of the reason Miami traded Brandon Marshall, who has an extensive history of off the field issues and arrests, to Chicago for two third-round pick this offseason.
Wide receiver Roberto Wallace, who worked with the first team Sunday in Johnson's absence, said, "I have no idea what's going on. I just do what they tell me. Unfortunately we're short one receiver today."
Said guard Richie Incognito: "Chad has to handle his business and we have
to move forward."
Johnson, who was coming off his most disappointing season, hoped to use his homecoming to resurrect his NFL career. But the recent arrest ended his return bid.
The Dolphins have 12 receivers on the training camp roster, and while the 34-year-old was a starter there was no guarantee he'd make it to the 53-man roster.
Last week, during the first episode of HBO's Hard Knocks reality series, Philbin chastised Johnson for using too many curse words during a press conference, and told the show Johnson needed to "get in line" with what the Dolphins organization is trying to represent.
Johnson lasted 62 days and played one preseason game with no catches. He also changed his name once.