Former NFL star Chad Johnson describes pre-dawn FBI raid on Roger Stone's house

Ben WeinribYahoo Sports Contributor
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Former Bengals receiver <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nhl/players/4726/" data-ylk="slk:Chad Johnson">Chad Johnson</a> said he saw the FBI arrest his neighbor and former Trump adviser Roger Stone on Friday. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
Former Bengals receiver Chad Johnson said he saw the FBI arrest his neighbor and former Trump adviser Roger Stone on Friday. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation keeps taking wild twists and turns with surprising characters making cameos along the way. Chad Johnson, née Ochocinco, was an unexpected — but pleasant — addition on Friday.

According to the New York Times, the FBI arrived at Roger Stone’s Fort Lauderdale, Fla., home before dawn to arrest the former adviser to President Donald Trump on seven counts, including witness tampering, obstruction of an official proceeding and making false statements.

As it turns out, that Fort Lauderdale neighborhood is also home to Johnson, the former Cincinnati Bengals star and six-time Pro Bowler, who witnessed the arrest.

Since his final NFL training camp in 2012, Johnson has been all over the place. He signed a two-year deal to play with the Montreal Alouettes and was weirdly excited about it. Johnson even made an appearance at 39 in the Mexican Liga de Futbol Americano Profesional. And apparently, he still likes morning jogs before 7:30.

One hopes that Johnson did not know his neighbor too well, considering Stone is facing substantial jail time, although he does apparently know “Roger” on a first-name basis. Stone, who has worked on at least five Republican campaigns dating back to former president Richard Nixon in the 1970s, reportedly coordinated with WikiLeaks to let the Trump campaign know about stolen emails that could be damaging toward Hillary Clinton.

Stone is expected to appear in a federal courthouse later Friday. Meanwhile, another Trump associate, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is also due to appear in court Friday to argue that he did not breach his plea agreement with Mueller.

Since Johnson’s original tweet, he has not added any more context to what he saw Friday, instead tweeting back to his fans. But Ochocinco, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find more details to share about this pre-dawn raid that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press. Let’s see if that happens.

Twitter reacts to Ochocinco’s appearance

Twitter always has plenty to say about anything Trump- or Russia-related, but things really kicked into high gear with Johnson’s surprising involvement. Here’s just a taste of some of the best jokes from Friday morning:

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