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Chad Johnson

History of Domestic Violence

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

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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158 COMMENTS

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31.

linda    

Evelyn is certainly no stranger to violence. She is well-known for attacking other women over the stupidest things. Why portray Chad this way. Yeah, the whole thing is bad, but Evelyn is no damn angel, he never should've married her, pure trash acting like she's all that, when she is nothing more than a hood rat, out for fame. Wouldn't be surprised to find out that she head-butted Chad, then to run to neighbors claiming she was attacked, Karma is a bitch, Evelyn, your 15 minutes of fame are done, you are now the Non Mutha F&%king Factor.

747 days ago
32.

Tammy    

I don't think a 12 year gap between alleged incidents makes him a a woman beater. I think a 12 year gap says: I have no qualms about slapping you if your actions cross my line.

747 days ago
33.

Tall Blonde    

No change ~ No change.

747 days ago
34.

Lee    

Once a woman beater, always a woman beater.

747 days ago
35.

AuthorRTorres    

This animal had a history of Domestic Violence.....So ignoring the truth and turning the other cheek is the right thing to do. Evelyn, if your reading this, you are not alone and many of us are supporting you! We stand with you!!!

747 days ago
36.

Chalce    

did I miss the article from TMZ on how she has a history of being a nutcase?????

747 days ago
37.

Baptist    

Chad is much taller than her. How could he possibly headbutt her? Was he sitting down? It doesn't make sense. I can't stand Ochocinco but the fact that he once slapped a woman he thought was cheating on him hardly makes him a batterer.

747 days ago
38.

gossipgirl86    

I don't like Evelyn but I don't like Chad either. I think he is an arrogant bastar*! I mean look at the look he has on this mug shot.

747 days ago
39.

Proud2bBlack    

First of all he isn't a batterer TMZ! Trust me, I was married to one. It's never one incident when a man BEATS a woman. He doesn't just slap a woman one time or so call "head butt". A batterer takes all his anger out on you everyday all the time and there are always witnesses or bruises that someone can attest to. So stop trying to make this guy out to be more than what the situation is. Evelyn was the aggressor, and as far as Evelyn speaking for other women, NO THANKS. We don't need false representation of women that have been truly abused by their spouse or boyfriends. One thing is for certain, Evelyn is not a weak woman and that's what batterers prey upon!

747 days ago
40.

Meanie    

Guys like this need to be repeated kicked in the balls with steel toe boots. F'g s***bag.

747 days ago
41.

Angela    

We all know the business...Scared please Ev the devil needs to cut it out..Always jumping in someones face and acting like no one is to jump back...Well her spouse is no punk and not to be walked over no matter good good the vjj is..about that life lol eats your words Ev...you not about it

747 days ago
42.

Sunset    

He also has a history of being a complete and utter douche bag without having to face the consequences of his actions. Loser!

747 days ago
43.

WhatThe    

At 22, I don't think he was just starting @ Oregon State. He was most likely finishing his Senior year.

747 days ago
44.

Truth    

I don't understand what TMZ's fascination is with this guy. They are pounding this story likes its the end of the frigging world. Geeze, give it a rest already.

747 days ago
45.

scott    

chad "ohnocinco" johnson........ a history of being an overpaid DUMBASS!!!

747 days ago
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