Chad 'Ochocinco' Johnson apologizes as wife files for divorce
Football player Chad Johnson issued apologies Tuesday as his wife, Evelyn Lozada, filed for divorce in the wake of his arrest on domestic violence charges and subsequent termination by the Miami Dolphins.
"I am going to let the legal process run its course," Johnson, formerly known as Chad Ochocinco, said in one of two similarly worded statements posted to his website. "I wish Evelyn nothing but the best, I have no negative words to say about her, [and] the only thing I can say is I love her very much.
"I will continue to be positive and stay training hard for another opportunity in the NFL," he continued. "I appreciate all my fans and supporters and if I have disappointed you in any way, you have my sincerest apologies. Once again I will continue to stay positive and appreciate all the support during this tough period in my life."
Johnson, 34, began a separate statement by saying, "I would like to apologize to everyone for the recent events that have occurred."
Johnson is accused of head-butting Lozada after she confronted him about a receipt for a box of condoms.
Lozada filed for divorce in Florida Tuesday, claiming her marriage was "irretrievably broken," her spokeswoman, Danika Berry, told The Associated Press.
The two had been married for 41 days. Their lavish July 4 ceremony on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten was taped for inclusion on a VH1 reality show. The network canceled that show Monday in the wake of Johnson's arrest.
Johnson was released from jail on $2,500 bond Sunday, and subsequently was cut by the Dolphins after his arrest.