Chad Johnson Admits He Has Domestic Violence Issues, And Comments On Evelyn Running To The Media Post Altercation

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December 5, 2012 ‐ By

Oprah and Barbara Walters are not the only people who can get the juicy details out of folks, ya’ll. Just ask Chad Johnson. The…hmm…let’s call him a former reality star and football star (I don’t want to say former to the latter and assume it’s a wrap for him because he IS talented), appeared on ESPN’s First Take with sports journalist and sports analyst Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith. While his appearance was supposed to mainly be about football, they did bombard him with a bevvy of questions about Evelyn, his domestic abuse past, and what he thought about the fact that instead of really going somewhere to heal, Evelyn went to everyone from Iyanla Vanzant and the folks at Nightline to People magazine to talk about their infamous fight, and the past violence she dealt with when it came to being with Chad.

In a very well-spoken manner (hey, you never know what you’re going to get with these professional football players), Johnson admitted his wrongdoing for the umpteenth time during a tense interview with the men (the woman there wasn’t really introduced). When asked what went down on that fateful night of August 11, Johnson kept it really real:

“What happened was a mistake…a mistake that I’ve continuously apologized for to the people I’ve hurt, including my wife. I’ve stated that numerous times, I know you’ve heard it. I think me continuing to say sorry drowns it out. I’ve accepted responsibility for my actions, especially with her…The domestic dispute, for one, was all my fault because I’m was living life the way it shouldn’t be lived, which is why I lost everything I did. Because that man upstairs said, let me bring you back a little bit, because you’re living too wild. So, it is what it is. I made the bed, I’m laying in it. I paid the price for what I did wrong.”

As the interview became more and more tense, he was asked if he definitely did cheat and he confidently said, “Yes, that’s where everything stemmed from. Remember??” And when asked what his stance is on domestic violence, something he’s had issues with in the past before the alleged headbutting incident, he says that of course, it’s wrong, but it is something he’s dealing with. “My stance is, it’s wrong. It’s common sense. but I’ve made mistakes. Don’t crucify me because we all sin differently.”

The deepest thing Johnson had to say that surprised me was his response to the fact that many, including Stephen A. Smith, think Lozada ran to the media too fast and tried to get notoriety off of the incident. As Smith says, “She’s on TV just as much as we are, lamenting the state of affairs.” Instead of saying, “Uh, hell yes she milked that cow for all it was worth!” Johnson said that he’s lived so much of his life in the public, it’s only fair for her to share the story and let it play out in the public too:

“Think about my life in general? What have I ever done in private? Think about it? Nothing. Not my marriage, not the way I play the game, not the way I live my life. So when things go sour it should be the same way. It should be out there in the public eye. I am no saint. I am no angel. I never proclaimed to be. I was squeaky clean for a long time, which is why i was able to get away with some of the stuff I’ve done. Finally, I have to humble myself. I’m not complaining, I’m not fussing about being cut. I’m going to play again, I would think and I would hope so. If I don’t, I’m okay with walking away.”

You’re okay with walking away from the game of football?

“I don’t have a choice. What am I going to do? Fuss? Knock down the doors? Beg??? Chile please…”

To sum up this sensitive part of the interview, Johnson was given props for admitting his faults and problems, but he was also asked what he’s really trying to do NOW and in the future to be a better person. His answer? He’s taking the classes needed to keep his hands to himself.

“The only thing I can do is get help for the problem that I have. And right now that is domestic violence classes. Anything any further than that, I’m not sure. But right now the course says you have a 26-week program you need to get through before you do anything else with your life.”

I can respect that Chad is being so open and honest about his part in the demise of their relationship and the fact that he does have a problem with domestic violence. But after watching this very awkward interview (especially with that “Chile please” moment) and knowing his history with being in the spotlight, I think he needs to focus on football and healing himself in private. Check out the interview below and let us know what you think.

What do you think about his responses?

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  • http://twitter.com/jennaparks11 Jenna

    I Just watched this…he seems so cocky, arrogant and disingenuous, to me! I’m sure it’s just how he comes off because a lot has happened to put him in his place BUT I just feel like he still has an attitude or something. I just don’t like him sooooo

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  • Jazz

    It’s all great and dandy he can admit to his wrong doing saw him on first take but the whole time he was talking I was thinking damn is he that broke now that he had to wear a Steve Harvey suit on the show?!

  • http://twitter.com/Aringr Angela R. Ingram

    Well, it was a good interview. I hope that he is sincere in wanting to change. It’s good that he is getting the counseling he need and that he has accepted the fact that he did wrong. The only clear way for him to change is that he have to change his lifestyle and maybe the people he hang out with. It’s a process that is going to take some time. I pray that he do all the things he need to do to get back on track for himself and for his children.

  • KlassyRN

    My my my… look at all the judges…. jurors and executioners… and I would take it that everyone here has done NO wrong… last time I checked there is only ONE who can cast the first stone… Whether or not Chad is sincere is between he and God… dont let YOUR skeleton catch up with YOU bc as you see all his money couldnt keep him from paying the price….. you people slay me…. have a _ as a matter of fact have _ _ _

  • Britt

    If Chad has to take domestic violence classes, Evelyn needs to take anger management classes. Chad went his entire career without an off the field incident, and as soon as he marries the resident bully on Basketball Wives, he gets in trouble. I can’t ignore the irony in that. Chad and Evelyn shouldn’t have been married, period. Not too many people want to call Evelyn out for her violent issues, and we have that on tape. Hopefully, Evelyn cleans her act up for the next season of Basketball Wives. If not, she’ll look like a pure fool after running to Iyanla Van Zant and the rest of the media trying to revamp her image.

    • Kay

      Char had off the field issues Before evelyn. He admitted he had domestic violence issues before and during his relationship with evelyn

      • Britt

        Chad had an arrest when he was in college, but during his professional career he wasn’t in trouble for anything off the field. If he got violent with Evelyn before they were married, she shouldn’t have married him and she also shouldn’t have given him permission to cheat, especially not on national television. If we’re going to come down hard on Chad, we need to do the same with Evelyn. They both had violent issues and relationship issues. They shouldn’t have been together. Chad wasn’t ready to get married, and Evelyn admitted to Iyanla Van Zant that she wanted to prove that she could get a pro athlete to marry her after the Antoine Walker relationship didn’t work out.

    • Patricia

      I agree with you Britt nobody wants to call Evelyn on her anger issues. I understand Chad is getting help and hopefully he is sincere and have learned his lesson from that. As far as Evelyn Lozardo, I am still not buying it. I don’t condone domestic violence against a man or a woman and what Chad did was wrong. I say she had a part in as well. This woman has issues. I still say she somehow provoked him or she attacked him since she has a history of wanting to brawl and fight. She goes all over mainstream media as if it is no big thing. I have to say just like people said in the past, she is milking this until she can’t milk it anymore. Also, in another view, I don’t feel sorry for Chad marrying Evelyn. Anne Frank could have saw and heard that train wreck coming. She is deaf and blind. He knew from the start with she had a foul mouth and likes to fight and they should not even gotten married from the start. On one episode of basketball wives, he told her that he wanted to see other women. I am sure it going to be another idiot athlete who will be stupid enough to get with her.

  • beenana

    i wonder where are all the people at when they said evelyn was the one who head butted him

  • Taj

    As for his issues with domestic violence, I will believe when I see it. However, he also needs to do something about his self-hating issues.

  • IllyPhilly

    There’s more money in them repairing the relationship. This is all a stunt.

    • SheBe

      Yes ma’am!

  • http://www.yourtango.com/users/cheekee-baby cheekee baby

    It seems like he said all the right things but he knows how to spit that game. Actions speak louder than words and at the end of the day he’s the same old cheatin, beatin, attention w*ore that he ever was. For real though, Chris Brown needs to get his PR team so they can train him how to cop to the bull but still garner sympathy at the end. Bra-vo, Ocho, Bra-vo. Now come up and get your Oscar