Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson Thanks Fans for Support After Domestic Violence Charge

Celebrity News Aug. 15, 2012 AT 5:45PM
In this handout photo provided by the Broward County Sheriff's Office, Chad Johnson is seen in a police booking photo at Broward County Sheriff's Office on August 11, 2012 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Johnson was arrested on a domestic violence charge following accusations that he had head-butted his wife. In this handout photo provided by the Broward County Sheriff's Office, Chad Johnson is seen in a police booking photo at Broward County Sheriff's Office on August 11, 2012 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Johnson was arrested on a domestic violence charge following accusations that he had head-butted his wife. Credit: Broward County Sheriff's Office via Getty Images

These days, Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson is grateful for whatever support he can get.

During a heated argument with his wife Evelyn Lozada on Saturday, the former Dancing With the Stars contestant reportedly head-butted the Basketball Wives star; after police were called to the scene, he was arrested, charged with a domestic violence misdemeanor, and released after he posted the $2,500 bail Sunday morning. Later that day, Johnson learned his contract with the Miami Dolphins had been terminated; on Tuesday, Lozada filed for divorce from her husband of just 41 days.

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"I haven't had to tread water in a long time," Johnson, 34, tweeted Tuesday, addressing the drama for the first time. "Special thank you to my fans . . . family . . . friends for keeping me afloat."

Lozada, for her part, hopes the events of the past few days will serve as a wakeup call to her estranged husband.

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"It is my sincere hope that he seeks the help he needs to overcome his trouble," Lozada told Us Weekly in a statement Tuesday afternoon. "Domestic violence is not okay and hopefully my taking a stand will help encourage other women to break their silence as well."

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