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Sidelined NFL player Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson (pictured) recently opened up about how his off-the-field mistakes on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL.” As the former Miami Dolphins wide receiver sat down with the show’s hosts, James Brown and Chris Collinsworth, this week Johnson appeared to want to lay his cards on the table and offer an interview that was honest and heartfelt about his tumultuous time with ex-wife Evelyn Lozada.
Admitting to past mistakes and their consequences, Johnson said:
“When you get a humble Chad Johnson that has lost everything and has to work his way back up, that’s a big deal,” admitted Johnson. “Because you’re not getting that same individual, you’re not getting that same fun guy…. I gotta prove a point. That’s the scariest thing in the world to have someone that has that drive.”
On being forced to take anger management classes, Johnson said, “I’m taking classes, anger management classes. I’m trying to find out how can I channel my anger when I’m in situations to where I would pop off? How can I defuse those situations?”
The former “Dancing With the Stars” standout also talked out about how he now feels about losing Evelyn:
“Being married, being a husband, being a lover, was an honor,” Johnson said in the interview. “And I lost that. And you know that saying … ‘You never know what you have until it’s gone.’ And now I finally know what they mean. I lost two of the things that really meant the most to me. That someone completed my world, completed me, period. But I just hadn’t made that transition to where I needed to be the best man that I could, or best husband that I could. I didn’t make it all the way, fully.”
Johnson, who claims that he is taking an introspective reassessment of himself, is now seemingly on a road to change:
“Chad has to work on Chad,” he says. “Chad has to go deep down inside and figure out where he went wrong. At what point did you lose focus on what’s most important? Like especially the game of football. At some point I had drifted off track away from that and being one of the best at what I do.”
Watch the entire interview here:
A league source confirmed to colleague Greg A. Bedard that the Patriots have released receiver Chad Ochocinco.
Speculation has been building throughout the afternoon that something was afoot with the veteran receiver after he was not present for the team’s OTA session; a league source said Ochocinco did report to Gillette on Thursday morning, but then left “in a hurry” a short time later.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who earlier in the afternoon tweeted that Ochocinco missed Thursday’s OTA session to attend an eye doctor’s appointment, reported that the Patriots tried to trade Ochocinco, and when they had no takers, decided to release him instead.
The move ends what at first looked to have the makings of a very successful partnership – Ochocinco and coach Bill Belichick. Belichick had long expressed his fondness for Ochocinco as a player, and the two became friends more than a decade ago, when Belichick put the receiver, then Chad Johnson, through a pre-draft workout when he was coming out of Oregon State.
When it became clear after the 2010 season that Ochocinco’s time with the Bengals, who drafted him in the second round in 2001, had run its course, he was traded to New England after the lockout ended in the summer of 2011.
The Pats sent a fifth-round pick in 2012 and sixth-round pick next year to Cincinnati to acquire Ochocinco, and though he restructured his contract, he was still paid $5.75 million in salary and bonuses last year.
In return, he struggled mightily with the playbook, and gave the Patriots 15 catches in 15 regular-season games last year.
When teams were able to re-open their weight rooms for the offseason program in March, Ochocinco was a dedicated attendee, but on May 24, the first day reporters were allowed to watch OTA practice, Ochocinco was the only player to run a penalty lap (he jumped offsides), and Deion Branch was spotted waving him into the right spot on the line of scrimmage. So it looked like little had changed.
Now Ochocinco will become a free agent, just 10 months after declaring Foxborough to be “heaven.”
And he can Dunk?
INDIANAPOLIS — Eli Manning and the Giants one-upped Tom Brady and the Patriots again, coming back with a last-minute score to beat New England 21-17 Sunday night for New York’s fourth Super Bowl title.
It was a rematch of Super Bowl XLII, when Manning led New York past New England to ruin the Patriots’ bid for a perfect season.
This was the first Super Bowl with two starting quarterbacks who previously won the big game’s MVP award — and they took turns being brilliant. Manning became the first QB to open a Super Bowl with nine consecutive completions. Later, Brady put together a run of 16 completions in a row, breaking another Super Bowl mark.
But in the end, it was Manning who directed the nine-play, 88-yard drive that put New York ahead when running back Ahmad Bradshaw scored the winning touchdown.
Vanessa Bryant filed legal docs Friday afternoon, citing “irreconcilable differences.”
Sources connected with the couple tell TMZ … Vanessa — who stuck by Kobe after he was charged with sexually assaulting a Colorado woman in 2003 — decided to end the marriage because she believes Kobe has been unfaithful … again.
As one source puts it, “She’s been dealing with these incidents for a long time and has been a faithful wife, but she’s finally had enough,” adding, “This one is the straw that broke the camel’s back.”
And our sources say … Kobe “desperately” wants to win Vanessa back and will do “whatever it takes” to save their 10 1/2 year marriage.
According to the legal docs, Vanessa is asking for joint custody of their 2 daughters — 8-year-old Natalia and 5-year-old Giana — but Vanessa is asking that Kobe get visitation rights, which means she wants the kids in her care most of the time.
We’ve learned the couple has NO PRENUP, so 29-year-old Vanessa is entitled to half of the empire Kobe built over the last decade.
She’s also requesting spousal support … which is typical in divorce cases. Kobe, who filed his response to the divorce minutes after Vanessa filed her petition, says he will pay her spousal support.
According to the docs, Vanessa is being repped by disso-queen Laura Wasser and attorney Samantha Klein. Wasser reps oodles of celebs, including Britney Spears, Angelina Jolie, Maria Shriver and Kim Kardashian.
Kobe went to the Jay-Z concert Tuesday night in L.A. without Vanessa, and people who saw him there say he looked miserable.
Vanessa signed the divorce petition on December 1. Kobe signed his response on December 7.
Oh yeah, that $4 million ring Kobe gave Vanessa after the 2003 scandal …. It’s all hers. A gift is a gift.