Chad Johnson wants another chance
Former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson said on ESPN's "First Take" Friday that he still deserves another chance to play in the league.
Johnson's interview was his first public appearance since he turned himself in to Florida police on May 20. A warrant had been issued for his arrest for violating probation, stemming from last year's domestic incident with now ex-wife Evelyn Lozada. Johnson said the violation occurred because of a "miscommunication" with his probation officer, which he will clear up in court on Monday.
During the interview, Johnson said he understands he cannot afford any transgressions, big or small, and that he's willing to accept any consequences.
"I'm going to be OK," Johnson said. "I'm OK now, but I put myself in this situation and I have to deal with everything. With life, I'm at peace with everything. I would love to finish my career off the right way. If it happens, I'm not sure. But I would like to."
I'm going to be OK. I'm OK now, but I put myself in this situation and I have to deal with everything. With life, I'm at peace with everything. I would love to finish my career off the right way. If it happens, I'm not sure. But I would like to.Former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson
As for hooking on with a team, the 35-year-old Johnson said he wants to do that in order to "go out the right way."
"I'm in a position where I have to prove myself again that I can still play," Johnson explained. "Can I still do it? I'm at the bottom again, like having to prove myself when I first came in [to the NFL] and I was hungry. I got complacent at some point in my career. I thought I had it right. I thought I had made it and figured it all out. I lost the game that I loved and played for years."
The six-time Pro Bowl player, formerly known as Chad Ochocinco, is serving a year of probation after Lozada said he head-butted her during an argument in August 2012. She quickly filed for divorce. They had been married only since July 4.
Lozada is on the "Basketball Wives" reality TV show.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.