Chad Johnson gets probation in domestic battery case
This March 7, 2011 file photo shows NFL Football player and reality television star Chad Johnson and Evelyn Lozada attending Cosmopolitan Magazine's Fun Fearless Males of 2011 event in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, September 21, 2012 11:54AM EDT
Last Updated Friday, September 21, 2012 12:13PM EDT
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson has pleaded no contest to a domestic violence charge involving his then-wife, reality TV star Evelyn Lozada.
Johnson was sentenced Friday to a year's probation and a counselling course under a plea deal with prosecutors. Johnson also must pay Lozada unspecified restitution.
The six-time Pro Bowl player long known as Chad Ochocinco was arrested in August after Lozada said he head-butted her during an argument. She quickly filed for divorce, which was finalized earlier this week. They had only been married since July 4.
Johnson was cut by the Miami Dolphins shortly after the incident and is not currently on an NFL roster. He previously played for the Cincinnati Bengals and New England Patriots.
Lozada is on the "Basketball Wives" TV show.