Chad Johnson pleads no contest, gets year probation
NFL player Chad Johnson is shown in this police photograph released to Reuters August 13, 2012.
Foto: Handout / Reuters
The Chad Johnson domestic violence saga has come to a close -- for now, at least.
NFL Network's Albert Breer is reporting that Johnson has reached a plea agreement regarding a domestic dispute with his ex-wife, Evelyn Lozada. The former NFL wide receiver entered a plea of no contest to misdemeanor domestic battery and will avoid jail time.
The two were married on July 4 and Johnson was arrested just over a month later on a domestic violence charge, as he was accused of head-butting Lozada during an argument in front of their home outside Miami, according to police. He was released from the Dolphins shortly thereafter.
The maximum penalty for misdemeanor domestic battery is 364 days in jail, but the prosecutor told the judge that Lozada didn't want to see the former Chad Ochocinco go to jail.
"She did not wish to proceed with the prosecution and certainly did not wish that Mr. Johnson be incarcerated as a result of this incident," the prosecutor said, according to ProFootballTalk.com.