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Chad Johnson

History of Domestic Violence

8/14/2012 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0813_chad_johnson_tmzChad Johnson is no stranger to domestic violence -- TMZ has learned the former NFL star was secretly found guilty of battering a woman in 2000 ... 12 years before he allegedly struck again.

According to court records obtained by TMZ, Johnson was arrested for misdemeanor domestic battery in L.A. on February 7, 2000 ... just before he began playing football for Oregon State University.

Sources close to the case tell us the victim was his GF at the time ... and she told police the football star had slapped her in the face after he accused her of cheating on him.

According to court records, Johnson -- 22 years old at the time -- pled no contest ... and the court found him guilty of domestic battery.

Johnson was sentenced to 3 years probation and ordered to serve 45 days in L.A. County Jail. But Johnson struck a deal with the court which allowed him to avoid jail ... as long as he completed 30 days of graffiti removal work with CalTrans. Johnson was also required to complete a 12 month batterer's counseling program and ordered to stay 100 yards away from the victim.

But Johnson didn't complete his probation requirements in a timely manner ... according to court records, he blew off the hard labor AND the dom. violence program for years.

After a judge tacked on an additional 15 days of graffiti removal, Johnson finally completed his legal obligations in 2002 ... when he was a member of the Cincinnati Bengals.

Now, Johnson finds himself in a similar situation ... having been accused of battering a woman once again ... his wife Evelyn Lozada.

Johnson told police he did nothing wrong this time around. He's expected back in court soon to enter his plea.

We called Johnson's lawyer. He had no comment.


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I've seen her on Basketball Wives and she is an instigator and does nothing but fight on that show. It wouldn't suprise me if she started the fight and in a struggle trying to get away from her, Chad head butted her in defense. He may as well admit he got beat up by his wife now...his career is over...thanks to her!

771 days ago

Mumra the Ever Living    

Secret? Everyone at the NFL combine knew about this. It's one of the reason the Philly Eagles didn't have him in for workout.
Just keep making up your own "EXCLUSIVES", TMZ.

771 days ago


this isn't worth following if the corrupt Californian Celebrity Courts or one of its affiliates is involved

771 days ago


This is horrible journalism, you have taken an incident that happened 12 years ago, and reported it like it just happened. The title is misleading and judgmental! No one knows what happened, Evelyn has proven that she is violent and over reactive, but she is getting a pass. This chick has ruined his life, and I would bet that it was probably her yelling that she would ruin his career, and she has succeeded.
So I guess it "guilty until proven innocent" if you are a high profile black athlete. Great job TMZ this story should win you a Pulitzer,..... look it up.

771 days ago

Phishie from Philly    

Put that SOB in a women's general population prison for 1 week. Then you will see he would be the biggest BITCH in there.
Phishie from Philly

771 days ago

Mason H    

His previous conviction from 12 years ago should have no bearing on his guilt or innocence this time around. He was arrested for "slapping" his gf in the face after she had cheated on him. Woman slaps man in the face, she immediately tells friends about it, they all have a good laugh. Man slaps woman in the face, he's arrested, gets 3 years probation, expensive DV classes he must attend and pay for plus manual labor for the city and possible jail time.

Domestic Violence is NEVER ok, but there should be a limit or some sort of check and balance so that the time/punishment is equal to the crime and it shouldn't be based only on the perpetrators gender.

771 days ago

Phishie from Philly    

The NFL should do background checks before they can play ball. Why should a women beating coward make millions of dollars? He should be working at a zoo cleaning up ****!
Phishie from Philly

771 days ago


What a surprise.... Yeah.... Right..... He needs to be beaten up a bit.... To see how it feels....

771 days ago


Violent sport - violent players - total thug!

771 days ago

Phishie from Philly    

Men shouldn't hit women PERIOD! I'm not saying if a women is beating on you not to retrain her. You do what you can to stop it but NEVER EVER HIT A WOMEN.

771 days ago


Oh my! Who would ever have imagined that?

771 days ago


I get so tired of reading stories about "celebrities" beating the sh*t out of each other.

771 days ago


TMZ what is your story???? History of Domestic Violence from 12 YEARS AGO? WHat about her REPEATEDLY RECENT history of PHYSICAL VIOLENCE against women that is recorded on film within the last year that is factual? Are you in kiss as* Shaunie Oneal's pocket or what? What are you thinking? WHY ARE YOU NOT SHOW the NUMEROUS clips of her terrorizing and beating up women within the last 12 MONTHS? There have been at least 4 or 5 recorded VIOLENT events where this lady attacks these women on national television. Why do you think it is ok to just ignore that and write a 12 year old story when you have her on film in recent months beating up women? Harvey you as a lawyer should be ashamed of yourself. No wonder you don't show your face on TMZ Live anymore. You've jumped the shark.

771 days ago


well, Are they still together ?

771 days ago


That was me costly head butt. Still don't understand how one can get a 3" laceration from one.

771 days ago
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