Chad Johnson is taking full responsibility for the altercation that occurred between him and Evelyn Lozada, and that includes enrolling in anger management courses.
“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 diffuse those situations,” he told “Inside the NFL.”
Immediately following the head-butting incident that occurred weeks ago, it was reported that Chad denied he’d purposely assaulted his wife. According to some media outlets, the former Miami Dolphins player claimed he and Evelyn bumped heads accidentally while arguing about a receipt for condoms that the “Basketball Wives” star found in his car.
However, Chad denied that he ever blamed Evelyn for what transpired.
“I take full responsibility for everything. Always will. Always have,” he said. “I had an altercation with my wife. We all know. It’s no secret. The consequences to that altercation with my wife was me being released [from the Miami Dolphins].”
Chad’s descent happened fast. One week he had a wife, a reality series on the horizon and an NFL contract. Within a matter of days, he lost it all, and now he’s examining how he allowed that to happen.
“I lost two things that I love: football. I love. You know the way I play the game. I enjoy it. I have fun with it, and being married, being a husband, being a lover was an honor, and I lost that,” he said. “I apologized for it. I’m human. I made a mistake.”
The NFL veteran starred in his own VH1 reality series and competed on “Dancing With the Stars.” He didn’t directly blame his increasing celebrity status for distracting him, but he admits he lost focus.
“I think about it. I gotta work on Chad. Chad has to work on Chad. Chad has to go deep down inside and figure out where he went. At what point did he lose focus on what’s important?” he asked.
Although Chad and Evelyn’s divorce became final yesterday, it doesn’t seem he’s actually given up hope that the two might reconcile.
“There’s nothing I can say to her because she’s already heard it all. I mean, what can I say except through my actions? Actions speak louder than words and this is time for me to show action. Period,” he said.
Chad has admittedly learned a lot from the experience, and one thing in particular is now crystal clear to him.
“That saying, ‘You never know what you have until it’s gone,’ and now I finally know what that means,” he said.
Watch Chad’s interview below.
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—Tracy L. Scott
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