So where does Chad Johnson AKA Ochocinco go from here? Is he done as a football player?
The word from Miami Dolphins Coach Joe Philbin is that Johnson was not cut because of Chad’s getting arrested Saturday night, adding,
“With any type of these decisions, it was not an easy one, it was not reactive nor was it based on one single incident…it was more a body of evidence from June 11 forward. When he came in on June 11, we sat down and we talked and I was very clear as to the expectations of the program. It just didn’t work out,” he said. “It’s more about the fit; in my gut I didn’t think the fit was going to be beneficial to either party moving forward, whether in the short term or the long term. That’s really what it was all about. It wasn’t about one specific thing; it just wasn’t going to work.”
The move does not come as a surprise because Philbin is from Green Bay. If this was a Packer player, the same thing would have happened. But Chad signing with the Packers is about as likely as Chad signing with the Giants. Zero.
The question now is will any other team give him a shot. Chad reported said “I don’t give a f— about my career” Saturday night, and it appears that is somewhat true by his actions.
Those actions cost him in other ares of his life, obviously. VH1 has cancelled his scheduled reality show with his wife, “Ev and Ocho”.
The thing is, about football players, they are trained to be aggressive and violent. When a situation in “real life” presents itself that causes emotions to run wild, what do they do? React. They react by doing with what they are trained to do– become aggressive and violent. And people wonder why there is so much violence being reported among current football players and ex-players?
That’s not to say that all football players will become violent at the drop of a hat any more than you can say that anyone who grew up in a crime-infested area will break the law in the future. It’s just that there is a higher tendency to follow influences that you are surrounded by.
The 1998 book Pros and Cons: The Criminals Who Play in the NFL, by Jeff Benedict and Don Yaeger, studied 509 NFL players, finding that 21.4% of them were arrested For a total of 264 arrests.
What’s interesting is that Commissioner Goodell came down hard on the Saints coaches and players for violence against other players, but is he as strict against domestic violence? Domestic violence falls under the league’s personal conduct policy. A policy that states that any player or league employee convicted of domestic violence attack may be subject to “fines and suspension.”
Goodell has been working with the players union on solutions as recently as the past few weeks, saying,
“We are going to do some things to combat this problem because some of the numbers on DUIs and domestic violence are going up and that disturbs me. When there’s a pattern of mistakes, something has got to change.”
So what will the commissioner do, if anything, in this case? Or in any case? Is it the culture of football that is responsible for all this violence or is it the individuals’ responsibility to control their violent tendencies? What do you think? Please comment below if you have something to say on the subject, and please share on facebook/twitter if not.