On Saturday, August 11, 2012, Chad Johnson, better known to some fans as Chad Ochocinco, was arrested for allegedly assaulting his new wife, Evelyn Lozada. The two had married in July. The problem started when his wife confronted him about a box of condoms he had purchased and he allegedly hit her with his head. After his arrest, he was released on bail the next day. Johnson had played as a receiver with the Miami Dolphins but he has since been released from the team. Johnson and his wife will be appearing in a new VH1 reality show in the fall. Johnson is not the only Dolphins player to be arrested. Here is a look at five other players who also faced criminal charges.
Nawa Koa Misi
In March of this year, linebacker Nawa Koa Misi was arrested for battery. In 2011, Misi had allegedly gotten into a physical altercation with another man after entering the man's house. He was not initially arrested but charges were filed at a later time. He has pled not guilty to the charges and has so far not faced any repercussions from the team or the NFL.
In 2010, Phillip Merling, who was at the time a defensive player with the Dolphins, allegedly beat up his pregnant girlfriend. He had been arrested but the charges were dropped when she moved and refused to testify against him. He never faced any discipline from the team or the NFL for the alleged actions.
Also in 2010, Ronnie Brown was arrested after allegedly driving while under the influence of alcohol. At the time, Brown was with the Dolphins as a running back. It was reported that the player had been visiting his mother and father for their anniversary celebration before going to a nightclub. After spending time there, he was pulled over and arrested.
Also in 2010, Will Allen was arrested after allegedly driving drunk. Allegedly, his test results showed that he was at more than twice the legal limit. He had reportedly tried to go around a police checkpoint. At the time of his arrest, Allen was with the Dolphins as a cornerback.
Earlier in 2010, Tony McDaniel was arrested for domestic battery after he allegedly got into a physical altercation with his girlfriend. After his arrest, he pled no contest to the charges. The team suspended the defensive player for one game.
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