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Chad Johnson pleads no contest, gets probation but no jail time

Chad Johnson will not spend time in jail for allegedly head-butting his former wife. (Jeff Daly/Invision/AP/JEFF DALY/INVISION/AP)

The 34-year-old wide receiver who was cut by the Miami Dolphins before the season, avoided jail time for allegedly head-butting his then-wife Evelyn Lozada during an argument in August. TMZ first reported the plea deal.

Prosecutors told the court that Lozada, whose divorce from the six-time Pro Bowl receiver was finalized in a Fort Lauderdale court Wednesday, did not want Johnson to face jail time.

“She did not wish to proceed with the prosecution and certainly did not wish that Mr. Johnson be incarcerated as a result of this incident,” the prosecutor said, via Pro Football Talk.

The plea bargain reportedly prohibits Johnson from contacting Lozada through any medium — including e-mail, text and Twitter.

Johnson was arrested on a domestic battery charge on Aug. 12 after Lozada said her husband of barely one month head-butted her during an argument about condoms she found. The Dolphins cut Johnson the following day. The probation agreement requires Johnson to attend anger management classes, which Johnson says he has already begun.

Should the 13-year veteran return to the NFL, he would be subject to possible discipline under the league’s personal-conduct policy.

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Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.


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