Evelyn Lozada’s upcoming reality show with husband Chad Johnson has been canceled following a domestic abuse incident over the weekend.
Chad Johnson, a six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver, was arrested Saturday on domestic battery charges for allegation that he head-butted Lozada after an argument with Lozada regarding a receipt form condoms she found in the family’s car trunk.
The reality TV show titled “Ev & Ocho,” for which a season’s worth of shows has been filmed, features the lives of Evelyn Lozada and her husband, including them getting ready for their recent wedding.
"Due to the unfortunate events over the weekend and the seriousness of the allegations, VH1 is pulling the series ‘Ev and Ocho’ from its schedule and has no current plans of airing it," says the statement VH1 issued on its website.
According to the police report obtained by TMZ, Chad Johnson head-butted and screamed at Evelyn Lozada, who then "fled on foot to a neighbor's house to get away from Johnson." The 34-year-old American footballer then drove around the neighborhood searching for Lozada, who had called police from the neighbor's home.
“By the time they get home here in Davie it's pretty heated,” Capt. Dale Engle said Saturday night, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
Evelyn Lozada “alleges he leaned over and head-butted her. He says she leaned towards him and that they butted heads. Needless to say she has a good laceration on her forehead.”
Lozada was treated at the scene and sent to a hospital.
Sunday, Johnson was released from jail on $2,500 bond.
Following the incident, the Miami Dolphins released Johnson on the same day.
“We’re going to deal with this,” Coach Joe Philbin said. “We’re not going to waste time. ... We’re all in this thing together. Everybody that sets foot in this building, we’re all held to a high standard.”
The reason for the move was not based on any single incident, according to Philbin, but Johnson and the team were just a bad fit, reported The Los Angeles Times.
Johnson’s teammate Karlos Dansby defended the wide receiver Monday, saying that the loss of Johnson will cause “an even bigger distraction,” according to The Washington Post.
“I hate that we didn't stand behind him,” Dansby said on “The Sid Rosenberg Show.”
“I know the guys in the locker room would. But the organization felt a totally different way about the situation, and they probably had more information than we know. And they had to do what they had to do.
“It's going to be an even bigger distraction right now, I think, because of the simple fact we let him go. I think if we were going to be with the guy, if he was going to be our guy, we have to stand behind him — even though the situation came about. He didn't get that third strike.”
Following the controversy, VH1 has no plan to air the show later or release it onto DVD.
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