Asked about the police report, however, Johnson sticks by his story: that his beautiful but hotheaded wife blew up at him after finding out he was cheating, that she filled the tiny Smart Car with her angry screams, and that she head-butted him.

"I never talk about that, you know that? For a reason. Let her tell her side. And my job is to cover the story, no matter what. And that's what I've done, and it's going to stay that way," he says.

Lozada did have a documented history of violent outbursts onscreen. And a Change.org petition demanding that VH1 take her off the air for her "physical assaults, threats, verbal abuse, and harassment" garnered almost 30,000 signatures. Is Johnson really suggesting he took the fall for her?

Johnson kisses his power animal, Lolita the killer whale.
Photo by Michael E. Miller
Johnson kisses his power animal, Lolita the killer whale.
Johnson as a churchgoing kid in Liberty City. Despite a devilish public persona, he remains privately religious.
Photo courtesy of Bessie Mae Flowers
Johnson as a churchgoing kid in Liberty City. Despite a devilish public persona, he remains privately religious.

"I'm supposed to," he says. "She's the wife. That's my job. To cover the story. That's the way I was taught. That's the way I was raised. If I'm your dad and I know you did something wrong, I don't have a choice but to cover the story for you, whether you're right or wrong. So for me, whether right or wrong or indifferent, if that's who I've committed to even though I messed up, I'm covering the story for her no matter what. No matter what. Whether it's my fault or her fault. Whether she antagonized me. Whether she pushed my buttons. You know what? You're right. Period."

It's a hard story to buy — a musclebound athlete getting head-butted by his much smaller, model wife. But Johnson won't be further drawn out on the details. Chad Johnson, the attention seeker, does not want the spotlight on this one — even though it means everyone thinks he's an asshole.

He puffs on his cigar and stares out at a life without Lozada. "Even at my lowest, I'm still winning," he says. Then he lays out his post-NFL plans: television, maybe movies, and definitely a trip to Norway to dive with killer whales in the wild.

"I'm going to own an orca or maybe a whole fucking pod," he says. "I don't know how I'm going to do it, but I'm going to own a private island. And I'm going to own an orca. I'm not going to own it where it's going to be caged. I'm going to own it where they are going to know me and they are going to be lured in by food.

"I have it all figured out," he says. "I have it all figured out."

« Previous Page
 |
 
1
 
2
 
3
 
4
 
5
 
6
 
7
 
All
 
My Voice Nation Help
9 comments
Subnx
Subnx

My wife was like that when we first got married. She would go nuts and hit me and hurt herself (she's not very coordinated). One time she threw a brush at me and it bounced off and hit her. Another time she hit me and bruised her arm. After a few times she learned and doesn't do that any more. Some women are like that so it's quite believable that she head butted him. By the way, my wife isn't some bimbo. She's a very successful lawyer.

sakitamcdonald
sakitamcdonald

I hope a team recognizes his talent and gives him a second chance.

maxineking09
maxineking09

Chad should be happy he is not with her, her temper and attitude on Basketballs shows you just how she is u can believe she did it, she feel she has it like that if you look at how she treated her long time friend. I hate Chad to lose so much, I still believe he is a great player.

irvin5
irvin5

"One of the greatest wide receivers in football history" ?!!!  Not even close.  He's not even in Hall of Fame conversation and can't even be mentioned in the same sentence as Michael Irvin, Jerry Rice, or even T.O.

Does this journalist, Micheal Miller even know about football or at least historical statistics on NFL wide receivers?   

Nestor Teran
Nestor Teran

How is he one of the greatest in nfl history?? I doubt HOF and his name will ever enter the same conversation.

Albert Manduca
Albert Manduca

Lately hasn't been the best times to associate yourself with the keeping of Orca's in captivity.

George Hoover
George Hoover

Maybe he should change his name to 'eight five' in light of all the anti immigration sentiments of the far right!

 
Loading...