It was only a few years ago that Chad Johnson, known better to many NFL fans as "Ochocinco," was at the top of his game in the NFL. Now it looks like he could be going crazy.
Since he was arrested for domestic violence last month, Johnson has suffered a swift fall from grace. Now, he has reportedly gotten a tattoo of his estranged wife, Evelyn Lozada, on his leg, according to USA Today.
The tattoo is evidently Johnson's response to Lozada's decision to file for divorce. The Inquisitr reports that he even used the image as his Twitter picture and answered critical fans by saying he still has hope.
"Divorce? Child Please...that's my WIFE," Johnson tweeted. "I don't give a flying pretzel in the skittle rainbow what she filed for."
Johnson might be wise to stay off the social media site, however, in the wake of revelations that he cheated on Lozada with women he met on Twitter. Beverly Shiner, 30, said she and Johnson had an affair while Evelyn Lozada was planning the couple's wedding, according to Radar Online. While she was at Johnson's house, Shiner said, the wide receiver even spoke to his wife on the phone, not something many men are brazen enough to do.
"While I was there he called Evelyn and asked if she could order a pizza to be delivered for him, and even had her pay for it on her credit card," Shiner said to Radar. "I thought it was odd and wondered if she was really his fiancée or just a secretary."
When Lozada found condom receipts in the couple's car and confronted Johnson, he reportedly hit her with a head-butt. The arrest that followed led to his release from Miami Dolphins. Johnson's conversation with Miami coach Joe Philbin was immortalized on HBO's "Hard Knocks."
Last week, Johnson seemed to realize that NFL irrelevance is a legitimate threat after a career spent with mostly bad teams and a definite lack of Super Bowl rings. After "Madden 13" came out, the former Bengals and Patriots wide receiver tweeted, "That awkward moment when you realize you're not on Madden13 and have to create yourself."
Although his charisma has carried him through many of his NFL controversies, Johnson's lack of job prospects might have fans questioning what he's thinking more than ever. It's hard to picture a legitimate NFL team taking a flyer on a fading wide receiver who's had legal trouble and often seems concerned more about how much attention he receives than winning football games.
In an interview with "Nightline," Lozada told Amy Robach, "It's the hardest thing in the world to walk away from someone that you really love. But you have to walk away, because I have to protect myself."
She might have been speaking for NFL teams, too.