Former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Chad Johnson appeared in a Broward County court Monday to demonstrate that he has fulfilled probation and counseling requirements during the past six months, obligations that stem from his arrest on a domestic battery charge, his lawyer said. Johnson, 35, pleaded not guilty after the Aug. 11 incident when his then-wife, reality TV performer Evelyn Lozada, told Davie Police that he head-butted her after an argument over a receipt for condoms, according to a complaint affidavit. Lozada left the couple's home for a neighbor's house, where officers noted a laceration on her forehead that required hospital treatment, the report stated. Johnson told officers that his wife head-butted him, but he did not have cuts or bruises, police said. Without admitting guilt, Johnson later changed his plea to no contest. He was convicted by his plea and adjudication was withheld, his lawyer Adam B. Swickle said. On Monday, Johnson asked to be put on administrative probation, a status that would enable him to avoid future court appearances, Swickle said. The charge at his arrest was a first-degree misdemeanor and punishable by up to a year in jail, the Broward County State Attorney's Office said at the time. Johnson has since participated in an anger management program with a private counselor, his attorney said. "If approved by the state attorney's office and the court, Chad wouldn't have any other court obligations, as long as he stays out of trouble through September 21st," Swickle said.
Ex-Dolphin Chad Johnson trying to resolve domestic battery case
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Mar 26