In last week’s season premiere of HBO’s “Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Miami Dolphins,” viewers saw the team’s head coach Joe Philbin lecture receiver Chad Johnson after he dropped several profanities during a press conference. [Scroll down to watch.]
In hindsight, it could’ve served as a glaring warning sign of his antics to come. There was no lecture from the coach after he was arrested Saturday night for domestic battery involving his wife Evelyn Lozada. The Associated Press is reporting that the organization took about 24 hours after the incident to decide that his contract will be terminated.
“It wasn’t about one specific thing. It just wasn’t going to work,” Philbin said. “It didn’t feel like to me that this fit was going to be right for us as an organization, or for Chad. It was time to move on. It wasn’t done to send a message. It was done because it just didn’t feel right.”
Several players came to Johnson’s defense, saying he was a good teammate and friend during his two months with the Dolphins. Linebacker Karlos Dansby said he was upset about the team’s handling of the matter because he felt Johnson deserved another chance. Safety Reshad Jones agreed the decision to let Johnson go seemed hasty.
“It was shocking to see he was going to be released a day after the incident,” Jones said. “It is pretty disappointing. But that was up to the coaching staff.”
Philbin, a first-year head coach, said he wasn’t worried about losing the locker room. But he did take issue with Dansby sounding off publicly. “I’m of the opinion that you should keep things in house in that regard,” Philbin said.
The 34-year-old Johnson had been trying to revive his career after a disappointing season with the New England Patriots in 2011. He pledged to focus on football, then annoyed Philbin by frequently using profanity during an entertaining but R-rated session with reporters – seen below in its uncensored entirety.
Adding insult to injury, in the Dolphins’ exhibition opener Friday against Tampa Bay, Johnson dropped the only pass thrown his way.
Miami Dolphins: Chad Johnson Just ‘Didn’t Feel Right’ was originally published on wzakcleveland.com