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The 10 Craziest Moments of Chad Johnson's Career

For Chad Johnson, things were all good just a week ago.

The former NFL Pro Bowler, who legally changed his name from Chad Ochocinco back to Chad Johnson last month, was married to reality TV star Evelyn Lozada. He was a member of the Miami Dolphins. And, he was one of the most popular athletes on Twitter. But, now? Well, now Johnson is just another guy struggling through life. His wife has filed for divorce. The Dolphins have cut him from the team. And, while he still has plenty of Twitter followers (last we checked, he was sitting pretty at about 3.6 million), many of them are @-ing him some pretty nasty things right now.

And, why has all this happened? Well, in case you've been sleeping under about 10 rocks for the last few days, it's because Johnson was arrested and charged with domestic battery on Saturday night after he allegedly head-butted Lozada when she confronted him about a condom receipt that she found in one of the couple's cars. It's going to be a difficult incident for him to recover from.

With that said, Ocho's best days might be behind him. So, we thought it'd be good to compile a list of The 10 Craziest Moments of Chad Johnson's Career. None of these moments are as crazy as the one that took place on Saturday. But, hey: These might be the only moments he has left to look back on soon. So, take a look and remember the good times.

The Moment: Creating a "checklist" of all the NFL cornerbacks he planned on burning during the 2005 season
The Date: November 2005
Why It Was So Crazy: This was the start of Johnson's crazy self-promotion. To try and get under the skin of other teams, he came up with a list of all the corners he planned on beating on the field. That is, until his head coach Marvin Lewis made him take it down. Fortunately, that wasn't the last crazy moment we'd enjoy courtesy of Johnson.

The Moment: Trying out for the MLS soccer team Sporting Kansas City during last year's NFL lockout
The Date: March 2011
Why It Was So Crazy: Johnson wasn't the first pro athlete to try a new sport (what up, MJ?!). But, most athletes don't pick soccer when they decide to launch a second career. However, that didn't deter him. Ocho tried—and subsequently failed—to make an MLS roster during the lockout. This guy…

The Moment: Teaming up with Terrell Owens in 2010 and nicknaming TO "Batman" and himself "Robin"
The Date: August 2010
Why It Was So Crazy: They couldn't have come up with a better name?!? We'll give them credit, though. They really went all out all out and even called one another "Batman" and "Robin" during practices, games, and interviews. Very strange.

The Moment: Wearing a yellow Football Hall of Fame jacket with the words "Future H.o.F 20??" on the back of it
The Date: September 2007
Why It Was So Crazy: Back in '07, Johnson was doing everything he could to: A) Piss off the NFL Commissioner on a regular basis, B) Rack up a ton of fines, and C) Get on ESPN everyday. So, he came up with silly touchdown celebrations like this one. Too bad we haven't seen one of these in awhile, because, you know, Johnson hasn't seen the end zone in…damn, let's just say it's been a long time.

The Moment: Running a race against a horse on national TV
The Date: June 2007
Why It Was So Crazy: Do we really have to explain this one? We don't think so. Moving on...

The Moment: Threatening to use Twitter during games
The Date: July 2009
Why It Was So Crazy: In April 2011, Johnson was called "the most influential athlete in social media" by CNBC. So, it should come as no surprise to hear that he had originally planned on tweeting during games. In fact, he's the reason the NFL banned players from using Twitter immediately before, during, and after games. And, he's also the reason other pro sports leagues followed suit.

The Moment: Teaming up with Motorola to launch OCNN, the Ocho Cinco News Network
The Date: April 2012
Why It Was So Crazy: At some point, Johnson realized that he was making headlines, like, almost everyday. So, he decided to try and profit off it by launching his own news network. It never really took off—maybe because he's failed to cover negative stories like, you know, his recent domestic battery arrest?—but you can't blame him for trying to capitalize off his fame.

The Moment: Legally changing his name from "Chad Johnson" to "Chad Ochocinco"
The Date: August 2008
Why It Was So Crazy: The whole "Ochocinco" thing was ridiculous and silly even before he made the name change. But, once he made it official? Well, it took on a whole life of its own. We do have to admit, though: We're kind of upset that he decided to change his name back to "Chad Johnson" earlier this summer. We'd gotten use to the idea of calling him "Ocho."

The Moment: Challenging UFC champion Anderson Silva to a fight
The Date: March 2011
Why It Was So Crazy: Real UFC fighters can't beat "The Spider"! So, why the hell did Ocho think he stood a chance? He didn't stop there, though. He also called out UFC fighter Georges St. Pierre in August 2011. But, not surprisingly, he never followed through on fighting either of them. That's probably, er, make that definitely for the best.

The Moment: Making an appearance on Dancing With the Stars and using it to launch his own reality dating show, Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch
The Date: May 2010
Why It Was So Crazy: First off, how did Ocho not win DWTS?!?! Almost every NFL player—or former NFL player—that has appeared on the show has won! And yet, he came in fourth. No worries, though. It helped him earn his own dating show that helped him find his future wife, who he…Oh, who are we kidding? If he had done that, do you think he'd be stuck in the position he's in right now? Probably not. Maybe he should have used this crazy moment to his advantage.

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Kentucky Catholic School Faces Backlash After Students Berate Indigenous Peoples March Protesters

Representatives from Kentucky's Covington Catholic High School have confirmed plans to look into their student body after several of their students appeared in a viral video harassing and mocking protesters at an Indigenous Peoples March.

The viral video above spread around the web Saturday (Jan. 19) a day after the protest that took place in Washington, D.C. Teens in the video were rocking "Make America Great Again" to support President Donald Trump and the anti-abortion March for Life demonstration that was also taking place on Indigenous Peoples Day.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports  Laura Keener, the communications director with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington, released a statement about the video: "We are just now learning about this incident and regret it took place. We are looking into it."

In the video below, Indigenous elder Nathan Phillips of the Omaha tribe was reportedly performing a song meant to calm down the crowd when the large group of teens surrounded him, with one eye to eye as he and another elder chanted.

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In tears, Phillips recalled the incident, calling for an apology and that the teens would "put that energy into making this country really great." The teens also got their messages mixed up when they also screamed "build that wall" toward him.

"I heard them saying 'build the wall, build that wall,'" he said.  "This is indigenous land. We’re not supposed to have walls here. Before anyone came here there were no walls, we never even had prisons. We always took care of our elders, we took care of our children. We taught them right from wrong."

 

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Speaking to The Enquirer Vincent Schilling shared how Phillips has been attacked in the past for standing up for indigenous peoples. Schilling, who is a member of the Mohawk tribe, said Phillips was pelted with trash just a few years ago by Eastern Michigan University students who hosted a Native American-themed party.

"As a Native American journalist, I find this to be one of the most egregious displays of naïve – I can’t even say naïve. It’s racism. It’s blatant racism," Schilling said.

"The guy has just been through a lot. To see Mr. Phillips treated this way is an incalculable amount of disrespect, and it's absolutely unacceptable in Native culture. As a Native man, I’ve got it countless times myself I’ve been mocked, I’ve been teased, my culture has been ridiculed. This is just another brick in the wall. I wanted so bad to walk up to those kids and say, 'You know this is a Vietnam veteran, right?'"

Director Ava DuVernay slammed the teens for their behavior as well as a number of indigenous social justice figures.

Thank you to @VinceSchilling of @IndianCountry and many others who identified the proud Native man who is being harassed. He is Mr. Nathan Phillips. I’m reposting this video from “ka_ya11” on IG. This man’s words pierce my heart. The grace. The wisdom. The hope. pic.twitter.com/BKOA40SVq5

— Ava DuVernay (@ava) January 19, 2019

Thank you for the kind shout-out @Ava

Nathan Phillips and I have shared in a sacred pipe ceremony to honor Native American veterans.

He is a Vietnam veteran, such behavior is terrible.

Again, thank you for your support. https://t.co/RRaQeEJFku

— Vincent Schilling (@VinceSchilling) January 19, 2019

The teens in the video haven't been identified.

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Man Exonerated After Serving 45 Years Forced To Sell Prison Artwork For Money

A Detroit man who served 45 years behind bars for a crime that he didn’t commit, is forced to sell his personal collection of artwork that he made in prison. Richard Phillips, 72, doesn’t have steady income at the moment, and his lawyer is currently battling the state of Michigan to get him compensated for the wrongful conviction that stole his freedom.

"I don't have an income right now," said Phillips while showing off his paintings to Fox 2 Detroit. "This is my income."

In the early 1970s, Phillips was wrongfully convicted for the murder of Gregory Harris. He was sentenced to life in prison but always maintained his innocence. “I would rather died in prison than admit to a crime I didn’t do,” Philips said.

Phillips was convicted through an eyewitness account implicating him and a second man, Richard Palombo. In 2010, Palombo admitted that Phillips had no involvement in the murder and that he didn’t even know him. A new investigation was launched in 2014, nearly 20 years later Phillips appealed his murder conviction.

Last March, Wayne County Prosecutors Kym Worthy dropped all charges against Phillips, officially freeing him from prison. “There’s nothing that I can say to bring back 40 years of his life. The system failed him. There’s no question about it,” Worthy said at the time. “This is a true exoneration. Justice is indeed being done today, but there’s nothing that we can do ... to bring back those years of his life.”

Art played a big part in helping maintain his sanity through the sentence. Though he remained optimistic, Phillips admitted that he never truly believed he would be released. To pass the time, he began painting. He pulled inspiration from everywhere: his favorite artists, photos and even tapped into some of the loneliness that he felt in prison. "It was created in a harsh environment. But it goes to show you that beauty can come from something ugly."

Last year, Detroit's Demond Ricks was awarded $1 million for spending 25 years in prison on a wrongful conviction. As it stands, Phillips is the longest-serving wrongfully convicted former prisoner in U.S. history.

Phillips' artwork will be on display at Michigan's Ferndale's Level One gallery beginning Jan. 18.

See more on his artwork in the video below.

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Gladys Knight Defends Decision To Perform National Anthem At Super Bowl Amid Criticism

Glad Knight says she wants to “give the National Anthem back its voice.” The music legend released a new statement defending her decision to sing  the National Anthem at the Super Bowl in Atlanta, next month, amid criticism from fans.

Several artists turned down offers to perform at the Super Bowl in protest of the league’s treatment of Colin Kaepernick. Knight clarified that her choice to sing has nothing to do with Kaepernick, and she doesn't exactly agree with the anthem being "dragged into the debate."

"I understand that Mr. Kaepernick is protesting two things and they are police violence and injustice,” Knight said in a statement to Variety. “It is unfortunate that our National Anthem has been dragged into this debate when the distinctive senses of the National Anthem and fighting for justice should each stand alone.”

The 74-year-old singer also noted that she has been on the forefront of social justice issues for much of her career. "I am here today and on Sunday, Feb. 3 to give the Anthem back its voice, to stand for that historic choice of words,” Knight said. “The way it unites us when we hear it and to free it from the same prejudices and struggles I have fought long and hard for all my life, from walking back hallways, from marching with our social leaders, from using my voice for good.

"No matter who chooses to deflect with this narrative and continue to mix these two in the same message, it is not so and cannot be made so by anyone speaking it,” she continued. “I pray that this National Anthem will bring us all together in a way never before witnessed and we can move forward and untangle these truths which mean so much to all of us."

Knight isn’t alone in catching heat for joining the Super Bowl lineup. Travis Scott and Big Boi, both of whom will perform with Maroon 5 at halftime, received backlash as well.

Earlier in the week, reports surfaced claiming Scott had a meeting with Kaepernick that ended with “mutual respect” and “understanding.” Kaepernick’s girlfriend and Hot 97 DJ, Nessa Diab, denied the report tweeting, “There is NO mutual respect and there is NO understanding for anyone working against @Kaepernick7 PERIOD. #stoplying.”

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