Chad Johnson and Honey Badger – Last Chance for Bad Boys of Football

08/14/12 8:31 PM

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Chad Johnson was released over the weekend after an alleged domestic violence incident over the weekend. Johnson was trying to make the Dolphins roster after a sub-par season with the New England Patriots last season. He was charged with a domestic violence violation after he was accused by his wife Evelyn Lozada of head butting her after an argument over a sales receipt on Saturday evening. Chad Johnson was released after posting a $2,500 bond on Sunday. Miami Dolphin head coach Joe Philbin stated that he would talk to Johnson directly about the situation and explain why he was released.

Many NFL experts believe that this will be the last chance for Johnson to play in the NFL. Though this is the first arrest of Johnson during his NFL career, his antics during his career although legal have worn thin with most of the NFL. He is 34 years old and his production has slid the last few seasons. During the premiere edition of  ‘Hard Knocks’, the HBO and NFL produced series, Johnson was shown to drop several passes during training camp. Johnson had to be perfect in camp, on the field, and off the field. It is no big surprise that Johnson was released on Sunday as he has failed miserably on and off the field.

Another high profile football player, this time in the NCAAF, ran into some off the field problems. Tyrann ‘Honey Badger” Mathieu was released from the LSU roster Friday. Mathieu, a cornerback, was one of the most exciting players in college football last season and was viewed as a top ten candidate for the Heisman Trophy in 2012. There are reports that Mathieu was released from the LSU squad because of repeated positive drug tests. After his release from LSU Mathieu was looking to transfer to McNeese State, an FCS school where he could play immediately and then likely declare for the NFL draft after the 2012 season. Late in the weekend and on Monday there were reports that Mathieu wanted to return to LSU and would sit out the 2012 season and play in the 2013 season.  Then LSU officials stated that Mathieu was out at LSU and had no chance of returning to the Tiger squad. Now it is likely that Mathieu will transfer to McNeese State and play there in 2012.

This incident will cost Mathieu a chance to win the Heisman Trophy and a lot of money in the upcoming draft.  Janoris Jenkins the former Florida cornerback traveled a similar path last season. He was dismissed from the Gator squad and then transferred to North Alabama, an FCS school, where he played one season and declared for the draft. Jenkins was considered a lock first round pick and some experts believed that he would be the first cornerback selected in the 2012 NFL draft fell to the second round to the St. Louis Rams.

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