There have been football players who sexually assaulted women, sold drugs and killed people, and all of them were able to successfully hold on to their spots in the NFL.
Why? Well, because all those guys were really, really good.
When a player who is past his prime commits one of the aforementioned deeds, though – their career ends in a hurry.
Former Pro Bowl wide receiver, Chad Johnson, learned that lesson the hard way on Sunday.
One day after being arrested on domestic battery charges, veteran wide receiver Chad Johnson has been released by the Miami Dolphins, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Head-butting a woman -- which Johnson admits he did -- is inexcusable and, at this point, nobody really feels sorry for the artist formerly known as Chad Ochocinco.
That said, it’s sort of hilarious that Miami brass is trying to pass this decision off as them taking some sort of moral stand. If Johnson was still an even remotely productive wide receiver, this would not have happened. Guys with far more egregious crimes on their records were able to get numerous NFL gigs after their transgressions came to light.
What Johnson did was a misdemeanor, and his first ever serious brush with the law.
The lesson here this isn’t that you shouldn’t hit women or that you should obey the law, it’s that you shouldn’t hit women and you should obey the law if you’re no longer a productive football player.
It’s great that Johnson got cut for doing what he did. Again, assaulting a woman is an inexcusable act. It’s just a shame that the next productive athlete who does the same thing inevitably won’t be held to the same standard.