Damn, son! Just when we thought things were going to turn around for our man Chad Johnson, the former NFL player has himself caught up in a sex tape scandal, and there's photo proof of his ehh-compromising positions.
Chad Johnson acknowledges ... a sex tape which appears to feature the former NFL star -- along with TWO female friends -- is REAL ... but Chad insists he never wanted the footage to go public.
Sources close to Johnson ... ha, Johnson ... tell TMZ the tape was shot roughly 3 years ago in a hotel room in Florida.
We're told Chad has no idea how the tape leaked to the Internet ... but insists he wasn't behind it ... and now he's exploring his legal options in hopes of having the tape removed from the web ASAP. So far, it doesn't appear the entire video has made it's way into cyberspace -- only bits and pieces -- but we're told the entire tape is "substantial in length" ... ha, substantial in length.
We reached out to Johnson's lawyer -- but he had no comment.
His ex-wife, Evelyn Lozada recently requested the restraining order between the two get dropped, but it looks like Chad is once again on Evelyn's bad side. Once the rumors of the sex tape surfaced, Evelyn tweeted:
For screen shots from the sex tape, click HERE