“You have to walk away because I have to protect myself.”
Evelyn Lozada the star of Basketball Wives, who recently filed for divorce from her husband of six-weeks Chad ‘Ochocinco’ Johnson, is opening up for the first time to ABC’s Nightline about the domestic violence incident that changed her life.
Watch the video below.
Lozada and Johnson met on Twitter and their world-wind romance was told in front of the cameras on the VH1 series Basketball Wives.
Now the couple’s divorce comes after the former player for the Dolphins allegedly headbutted her.
On Aug. 11, Lozada was taking groceries out of a car that Johnson used to drive to football practice when she said she found a bag in the backseat with a toothbrush holder and a Walgreens receipt for a box of condoms inside. The receipt was dated July 20, she said, three weeks after they were married.
When Johnson came home later that evening, Lozada said she got into his car to confront him about the receipt and threatened to leave him.
“And then the next thing I know, he grabbed me by here [pointing to her head] and he head-butted me,” Lozada said. “I felt blood coming down my face… and I looked at him and I said, ‘You just head-butted me?’ And it just — everything just felt if it was in slow motion.”
Johnson has refuted the incident.
In fact he says that he never headbutted Lozada rather she headbutted him.
The New York native and shoe boutique owner said she still loves Chad but he needs help and that they will never get back together.
“I don’t think any woman should ever have to feel like that or be fearful of her husband.”
After the incident Ochocinco lost his job with the Dolphins and the former couple’s reality series ‘Ev & Ocho’ slated to premiere on September 3rd was canned by VH1.
(Also: Take a look at this TMZ reports Johnson recently got a tattoo of his soon to be ex-wife’s face on his leg.)
Why do you think so many reality television relationships end so badly?
Fans of Johnson or Lozada, do you view them in a different light now?
Do you think Johnson’s career can recover from this incident?
Should either one of them be focused on career right now?