In America, they say you are innocent until proven guilty.
But that couldn’t be further from the truth. This past weekend, Chad Johnson was cut by the Miami Dolphins after he got arrested for domestic violence. Now I won’t sit here and try to defend Chad, he’s a grown ass man who makes a lot of money – enough money to pay a damn good lawyer. But I will say this: the Dolphins made a mistake by cutting him.
Like him or not, they didn’t cut Chad for his lack of football skill. Granted, he gained under 300 yards last year on the Patriots, and granted, he dropped a few passes in his first preseason game with the Fins. But that’s still not why MIA dropped him.
Nothing in my mind can justify the Dolphins dropping Chad for his first off-the-field incident, and his first run-in with the law – ever.
This is a tough pill to swallow from an organization who kept Brandon Marshall on their team all year last year, despite his multiple run-ins with the law.
For those who don’t know, Brandon had at least 17 issues with the law in his life. Last season, he was stabbed by his girlfriend, who claims she was defending herself. Brandon was never dropped, waved or cut, but rather traded away, because they deemed him valuable.
Chad, not so much. He was released and thrown out with the trash. There are two sides of this story and the truth, yet Chad is getting axed left and right!
A few of the Dolphins weren’t pleased with the moves their front office made. The team’s linebacker, Karlos Dansby said:
“I hate that we didn’t stand behind him,” Dansby told WMEN-AM on Monday. “I know the guys in the locker room would. But the organization felt a totally different way about the situation.”
Vh1 felt a different way as well. They canceled his upcoming reality show, just as I was writing this blog. So much for innocent until you’re proven guilty.
Because while there may be the case in a court of law, technically, Chad has already been found guilty in the court of public opinion, not to mention guilty in the court of Vh1 and the Miami Dolphins, and he may very well never play another snap of professional football.
And in my opinion, that’s just not right. Not for a guy who gave his all to being a stand up player in the league, in an era where off-the-field altercations come as often as a first down.
What do you think? Do you feel like Vh1 and the Dolphins were wrong for cutting Ochocinco?
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