Chad Johnson says he still loves Evelyn Lozada
NEW YORK (AP) -- Chad Johnson says he still loves Evelyn Lozada — even though the reality star has filed to end their 41-day-old marriage.
Lozada filed for divorce Tuesday after Johnson was arrested for allegedly head-butting her during an argument Saturday. The football star was dropped by the Miami Dolphins the next day.
In a statement on his website — OCNN — Johnson apologized for his action and said he loves her to death. He also said he planned to stay positive and hopes to get signed by another NFL team.
The couple's July 4th wedding was taped for their VH1 reality show "Ev & Ocho" —but the network has decided it will no longer air.
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Evelyn Lozada is ending her 41-day-old marriage to Chad Johnson after the football star was arrested for allegedly head-butting her over the weekend.
A rep for the VH1 reality star confirmed reports that Lozada filed for divorce on Tuesday.
"Given the recent events that have taken place, Evelyn has decided to file for divorce and move on with her life," Lozada's lawyer, Michael B. Gilden, told the TV show "The Insider" in a statement.
Johnson's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, declined to comment.
The marriage imploded on Saturday after an argument between the two ended with Lozada being treated at a hospital for lacerations to her head.
According to Davie, Fla., police, Lozada found a receipt for condoms and confronted Johnson about it at dinner. The argument continued during their drive home, and when they arrived at their driveway, he allegedly head-butted her.
In a 911 call released by authorities, a neighbor told police that there was an incident involving a "high-profile person" and is heard telling Lozada to wipe the blood from her head. Lozada is heard saying that Johnson head-butted her, and the caller says Lozada will probably need stitches.
However, Johnson told police she head-butted him.
Earlier Tuesday, Lozada said in a statement: "I am deeply disappointed that Chad has failed to take responsibility for his actions and made false accusations against me, it is my sincere hope that he seeks the help he needs to overcome his troubles. Domestic violence is not okay and hopefully my taking a stand will help encourage other women to break their silence as well."
Johnson, a six-time Pro Bowler who last season was on the New England Patriots, had been signed to the Miami Dolphins this season — but was dropped a day after the arrest.
His July 4 wedding to Lozada — whom he courted publicly on the VH1 series "Basketball Wives" — was taped for a spin-off show called "Ev & Ocho." It was due to debut Sept. 3, but VH1 shelved it after Johnson's weekend arrest.
Johnson — formerly known as Chad Ochocinco — and Lozada were prominently featured in the recent first episode of HBO's "Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Miami Dolphins."
Lozada was the former fiancee of former NBA player Antoine Walker and has been one of the main stars of "Basketball Wives," which also features Shaunie O'Neal, the former wife of former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal.
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