Every week, there appears to be some athlete who was once on top of the world, who then finds out about the long ride to the bottom. The latest is Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson, who recently appeared on “Inside the NFL” flooding the stage with tears from a regretful life. After losing his wife Evelyn Lozada, Chad was cut from the Miami Dolphins. Being released from your NFL team can lead to a long series of financial challenges, and Chad is dealing with all of them.
During an interview with James Brown and Chris Collinsworth, Johnson said this:
“When you get a humble Chad Johnson that has lost everything and has to work his way back up, that’s a big deal,” admitted Johnson. “Because you’re not getting that same individual, you’re not getting that same fun guy…. I gotta prove a point. That’s the scariest thing in the world to have someone that has that drive.”
Chad talks also about his wife Evelyn and the anger management classes that he’s being forced to take. But given that his wife was also world famous for attacking women too, it seems that she might also want to sit in on those classes. But in spite of the back-and-forth that has ensued since his 41-day marriage came to an end, Chad is trying to be remorseful, respectful and reflective.
“Being married, being a husband, being a lover, was an honor. And I lost that. And you know that saying … ‘You never know what you have until it’s gone.’ And now I finally know what they mean. I lost two of the things that really meant the most to me. That someone completed my world, completed me, period. But I just hadn’t made that transition to where I needed to be the best man that I could, or best husband that I could. I didn’t make it all the way, fully.”
So, it appears that Johnson is remorseful for his mistakes, but should we feel sorry for him? Did anyone try to warn Chad that his choices might lead to his demise back when he was raising hell, wearing a flashy gold grill and running his mouth during every interview? Chad spent more than a decade in the NFL priding himself in being one of the greatest minstrel shows in the league. Do a few tears make him redeemable?