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Former New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins receiver Chad Johnson made his first public appearance since his recent arrest, appearing Friday on ESPN's "First Take." Johnson turned himself in to Florida police after a warrant was put out for violating probation stemming from last year’s domestic incident with former wife Evelyn Lozada.
Johnson said it was a "miscommunication" and he will clear it up in court. But “First Take” analyst Skip Bayless brought up a good point that Johnson cannot afford any transgressions, big or small, if he wants to play again in the NFL. Johnson said on “First Take” that he understands and is willing to accept the consequences.
“I’m going to be OK,” Johnson said. “I’m OK now, but I put myself in this situation and I have to deal with everything. With life, I’m at peace with everything. I would love to finish my career off the right way. If it happens, I’m not sure. But I would like to.”
Johnson, 35, was out of football last year after the Dolphins released him in training camp. He is still training and waiting for another opportunity.
Johnson believes he still deserves one more chance to play in the NFL and "go out the right way."
“I’m in a position where I have to prove myself again that I can still play,” Johnson explained. “Can I still do it? I’m at the bottom again, like having to prove myself when I first came in [to the NFL] and I was hungry. I got complacent at some point in my career. I thought I had it right. I thought I had made it and figured it all out. I lost the game that I loved and played for years.”