It’s the “hard knocks” life for Chad Johnson.
Just days after being arrested for head-butting his wife, getting fired from his job as a wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL), and then having a petition for divorce filed in court (after just six weeks of marriage), the loquacious man formerly known as “OchoCinco” is now dealing with a foreclosure situation.
GossipExtra.com piled on the latest bad news, reporting that Johnson has not paid the $863 monthly maintenance fee on a $400,000 apartment he co-owns at Two Midtown Miami in Miami, Fla., in more than three years. Johnson, who played his college ball at the nearby University of Miami, is in default for about $30,000, which might not seem like much for a professional athlete; however, Johnson is near, or at, the tail-end of a 11-year career that spans three teams.
The good news is that football is not his only source of income. Johnson has made successful television appearances on “Dancing With The Stars” and “The Catch,” among others. He was also the focus of the first few episodes of “Hard Knocks” on HBO, a documentary-style program that actually aired his termination from the Dolphins on air just one day after he was accused of striking Evelyn Lozada in a heated domestic dispute.
Johnson and Lozada were actually scheduled to be featured in an upcoming VH1-produced reality series about their lives together, but that, too, was canceled shortly after news broke about their recent legal troubles.
It’s unclear at this time if Johnson will get picked up by another team in time for the start of the 2012-2013 NFL season. He has expressed his intentions to keep training and “staying positive” via his official Twitter.com account, which has a remarkable 3 million followers, until the legal process “runs its course.”
Seems like he now needs to make that plural.