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Getting fired is a tough experience for anyone…getting fired on national television, however, is downright brutal. But that’s just what happened during Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson’s current Worst Week Ever.

We all heard about Miami Dolphins dropping Chad from the team, but last night Miami Dolphins HBO documentary “Hard Knocks” aired the entire conversation between Coach Philbin and Chad. TMZ reports:

“Hard Knocks” cameras followed Johnson on the day after he was arrested for domestic battery … when he met with Philbin at the Miami offices and tried to talk the Coach out of firing him.

During the very short meeting, Johnson told Philbin “Coach, I’ve never been in trouble before … ever.”

He lied.

As TMZ previously reported, Johnson was convicted of domestic violence back in 2000 after slapping his then-girlfriend during an argument. Apparently, the arrest slipped his mind.

But even if Chad would have been honest with his coach, it’s highly unlikely he could’ve saved his job. Philbin made it clear the organization didn’t want to take a risk on an aging player with very little upside and a TON of risk.

It seems highly inappropriate to air this firing. Chad was in an extremely vulnerable place and to further humiliate him — especially before this supposed domestic violence case goes to trial — seems excessive and unnecessary. Then again, when you agree to be on a documentary, then you agree to be on it no matter what happens. It’s not surprising that HBO chose to capitalize on someone’s pain because that’s practically what reality television is all about. Sometimes it seems people won’t be satisfied until someone commits suicide on air. Let’s hope it never comes to that!


For Chad, this video isn’t the only thing that’s out there. The divorce papers Evelyn wasted no time filing against him leaked today.


For those wondering if Evelyn is entitled to any of Chad’s money, number six on the last sheet reads “the parties have separate, non-marital assets and liabilities which should be set aside by the Court as the respective property of each party”. So, it looks like she won’t get the payday some thought she was after . Alimony is likely not an option either considering they were married for 41 days and Chad doesn’t have a job anyway. She has gained a lot of publicity though and, for Evelyn, that’s like money in the bank.

What do you think about HBO airing Chad’s firing? Do you think Evelyn filed for divorce too quickly?

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