Chad Johnson's Dismissal Shows the Miami Dolphins Are Hypocrites
The Miami Dolphins are the most hypocritical football organization to ever be featured on national television. Cutting Chad Johnson, one of the top wide receivers in the NFL, was completely unfair. Before his wife, Evelyn Lozada, accused him of head-butting her, Johnson was one of the few players in the league to never get arrested. Yes, he's a clown who loves to mug for the cameras, but every NFL team has a jokester. How the heck can head coach Joe Philbin tell Johnson he doesn't fit into the Dolphins' program when he apparently condones veterans hazing rookies by shaving their hair to look like penises? Philbin's got some nerve.
Besides, the Dolphins have a history of keeping players who get in trouble off the football field. In 2010, the team didn't cut then-defensive linemen Tony McDaniel and Phillip Merling, both of whom had been arrested for domestic battery against their significant others during training camp. Around the same time, running back Ronnie Brown and cornerback Will Allen were popped for DUI. Those incidents occurred the same year the Dolphins traded for Brandon Marshall, a talented wide receiver who had four arrests before coming to Miami, including one for domestic violence. In April 2011, Marshall was involved in another domestic dispute in which his wife stabbed him. He stayed on the Dolphins' roster.
The truth is that anyone watching the first two episodes of Hard Knocks: Training Camp With the Miami Dolphins could tell Philbin didn't like Johnson and wanted any reason to let him go. But in doing so, Philbin shows how some NFL coaches and general managers such as Jeff Ireland are full of crap. They preach about the Dolphins being a family and that players need to stick together and ride or die together. Yet when it came time for Philbin to support Johnson and show him the Dolphins were behind him, the head coach turned on him. Even some players are openly questioning Philbin's decision. On Sid Rosenberg's show last week, linebacker Karlos Dansby said he hated that the Dolphins didn't give Johnson a chance to atone.
The franchise's treatment of Chad shows why no signature free agents want to play for Miami. In getting rid of the clown, the Dolphins proved themselves to be a joke.
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