Who is Ocho Cinco?
Maybe one of the most intriguing and outspoken athletes of our generation. Some claim him to be the most “woke” athlete there is as he is known for being himself and never selling out to fit a certain norm. Chad Johnson has created a brand that makes it seem like celebrities and “normal” people are really not that different. His antics on the field may over shadow the fact that deep down he really is a genuine guy he enjoys just being a dude in this world. Amongst the mistakes he has made in his life he has managed to continue to build a brand that is becoming unmatched.
Social Media Life
Born in Liberty City, Florida Chad Johnson has never been short of words and makes sure he tells his followers everyday on social media or even in person he loves us. 3.8 million followers on twitter and racking up 119.6k tweets he is very active on this app as he tweets about a multitude of topics from how many kids he has, type of cigars he smokes, and who he can and can not beat in a Fifa matchup. In April of 2011 he was named the most influential athlete on social media. His twitter use is something of envy in my opinion because the way he interacts it seems like we the followers actually know Chad and are true friends with the guy. That is a tough thing to do in todays world and goes to sho his efforts he puts in to make people feel apart of something. Although twitter is his calling card he is also very active on Instagram as he puts up videos and pictures of the many activities he participates in daily. One thing I think we can all see when looking at is Instagram account is this… This man loves his kids and would do anything in his power to make their lives easier. Nothing but respect for that.
When you type Chad Johnson in to google of course you get the wikipedia page of his football career and pictures of him playing with the famous grill in his mouth. The guy had a big personality and was not afraid of being himself at anytime.
Something that gets lost in all of this is how successful he was on the field as a football player. Playing for the Bengals, Patriots, and Miami Dolphins he was a six time pro bowler and is considered one the greatest route runners of all time. His quickness and attention to detail in his routes is something that will forever separate him from his peers. During the 2005 season, Johnson announced that he would keep a checklist, titled who Covered 85 in ’05, that would evaluate the defensive backs that successfully managed to cover him. On November 2, 2005, his head coach, replaced Johnson’s list with another one titled, Did 85 do everything he could to lead his team to victory 11-6-05. The list, an obvious parody of the original, asked several questions regarding Johnson’s performance both on and off the field. Chad famously changed his last name to OchoCinco to represent the number 85 he wore as a player.
While playing for the Miami Dolphins Chad Johnson got into a domestic dispute with his then wife Evelyn Lozado who starred in basketball wives.
On August 11, 2012, Johnson was arrested on a charge of domestic battery according to the Davie, Florida police.Johnson allegedly headbutted Lozada following an argument. Johnson was released the following afternoon on $2,500 bond. Later that day, he was released by the Miami Dolphins On August 14, 2012, Lozada filed for divorce claiming that her marriage was “irretrievably broken.” The divorce was finalized on September 19, 2012.On September 21, 2012, Johnson entered a plea of no contest to misdemeanor domestic battery, avoiding jail time in an agreement with prosecutors and Lozada. Johnson received a year of probation. On May 7, 2013, a warrant was issued for Johnson’s arrest for allegedly violating the terms of his probation. According to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, Johnson failed to meet with probation specialists on February 15 and March 15, and failed to show proof of enrollment and completion of a batterers intervention program. On May 20, Johnson turned himself in and was released later in the day after posting a $1,000 bond. On June 10, 2013, Johnson was sentenced to thirty days in jail for violating his probation. Although a plea deal that called for no jail time was reached, Judge Kathleen McHugh rejected it after Johnson playfully slapped his male attorney on the buttocks in court. The judge said that Johnson was not taking things seriously enough, even after he apologized. In addition to the jail sentence, his probation was extended for three months through December, and he was required to perform twenty-five hours of community service and to undergo two counseling sessions per week. On June 17, Johnson was released from jail after apologizing to the court.
This man has had bigger impact on our generation that any one wants to really realize. He made it cool to be ok doing what you love to do an “acting your wage”. He is a advocate of never buying real jewelry and claims to only shop at Claire’s because it all shines the same when the light hits it. He made us realize that we should not be focused on keeping up with the joneses and instead keep up with a standard we have built for ourselves. He is big on telling people we should constantly tell others we love them even if we do not know them and this is something I see all the time and the first thing that comes to my mind is they must follow Chad Johnson on social media. Phrases I hear on a daily bases that I know for a fact started from him is something I envy because I hope to effect as many people without actually knowing them like he does. Seeing people talk about building character is the most important thing for kids which is why you shouldn’t let them win in anything is something we all laugh it when he tells his kids but in all seriousness showing them the must fight for what they want is a great way to set a standard. Throughout much of his social media rise he has taken advantage of this and has raised money for charities for kids in inner cities in south Florida.