He was once one of the most recognisable faces in the entire NFL. A once in a generation receiver who's supreme talent was matched by his charisma and bravado.
Now, he's going to spend some time behind bars.
Quite a fall from grace for the artist formerly know as 'Ochocinco'.
Johnson was sentenced to 30 days behind bars on Monday for violating his probation, stemming from a domestic violence case involving his now ex-wife, reality star Evelyn Lozada. Johnson pleaded no contest to head-butting Lozada last August, for which he received the initial probation. He failed to meet with his probation officer on two occasions and didn't enrol in a batterers intervention program and was forced to turn himself into the authorities in May.
Impressive. Workmanlike. Attentive.
Words you don't normally associate with the career of JaMarcus Russell.
Yet during a recent workout with the Chicago Bears, Russell demonstrated the type of skill-set that saw him drafted number one overall in 2007.
Could one of the biggest busts in NFL history be set for a turnaround in fortune?
It's a small step, but a step nonetheless.
Russell's story has become the benchmark of how not to approach life in the NFL. It is as sad a story as you are likely to find anywhere, yet there is still hope he can resurrect his career, albeit a slim one.
The Minnesota Vikings concluded their second week of Organised Team Activities today at Winter Park, the team's practice facility. The importance of OTA's is sometimes played down but for this core group of young players it is essential. It gives them a chance to get to know one another better, for the new additions to familiarise themselves with the Playbook and the coaching staff.
So, these sessions will be invaluable down the line. Head Coach Leslie Frazier will learn a great deal about his players as he formulates plans for the gruelling training camp period.
Here are some observations from the Vikings' first set of off-season workouts:
The Miami Heat, reigning NBA Champions, are looking to retain their crown.
The San Antonio Spurs, the benchmark of the NBA for so many years, want to get back the trophy for the first time since their dynasty appeared to have ended in 2007.
Welcome to the NBA Finals.
It is a finals matchup full of intrigue, full of individuals who are capable of winning a game on their own on any given night.
Here are some of the key battles that are sure to prove crucial in the eventual outcome of this series.
1. LeBron James vs Kawhi Leonard:
- The Spurs will prove just how much faith they have in the young Leonard by giving him the responsibility of containing the juggernaut that is LeBron James.
The Pacers put up a good fight, but you can't stand in the way of greatness for long.
With their legacy on the line, the Heat responded in typical fashion, a 99-76 blowout victory, giving them the title that everybody expected them to retain at the start of the season.
Eastern Conference Champions.