Chad Johnson, the player formerly known as Chad Ochocinco, is back in pro football.
The wide receiver who was a six-time NFL Pro Bowler, signed Thursday with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. The Alouettes made the announcement on Twitter, particularly apropos given @ochocinco’s 3.6 million followers.
Johnson, 36, has not appeared in an NFL game since 2011, when he was with the New England Patriots. He was in training camp with the Miami Dolphins the following summer, but his contract was terminated the day after he was charged with misdemeanor domestic battery after an incident involving his then-wife, “Basketball Wives” star Evelyn Lozada, shortly after their wedding. He worked out a plea deal, but went to jail for a few days because, during a hearing on a probation violation, he slapped his attorney on the backside in celebration.