On the heels of “Basketball Wives” star Evelyn Lozada releasing a statement declaring that it is her “sincere hope” that her husband, Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson “seeks the help he needs to overcome his troubles” after a domestic violence incident this past Saturday, comes word that the NFL star has a history of domestic violence.
Court records obtained by entertainment website TMZ has revealed that Johnson was arrested for misdemeanor domestic battery in Los Angeles on Feb. 7, 2000 before he began playing football for Oregon State University.
The victim of Johnson’s assault then was his girlfriend and she told police that the budding football star had slapped her in the face after he accused her of cheating on him.
Johnson, who was 22-years-old at the time, pled no contest and the court found him guilty of domestic battery. He was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to serve 45 days in Los Angeles County Jail.
The athlete struck a deal with the court that allowed him to avoid jail time as long as he completed 30 days of graffiti removal work with CalTrans. Johnson was also required to complete a 12 month batterer’s counseling program and ordered to stay 100 yards away from the victim.
Court records indicate that Johnson did not complete his probation requirements in a timely manner and he blew off the hard labor and the domestic violence program for years. The judge then added an additional 15 days of graffiti removal and Johnson finally completed his legal obligations in 2002, a year after he had joined the Cincinnati Bengals.
This information sheds new light on his current situation with his wife, Lozada. Johnson was arrested for domestic violence on Saturdayfor allegedly attacking Lozada, whom he head-butted and caused multiple lacerations to her forehead.