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Johnson's behavior puts Philbin, Dolphins on trial

Chad Johnson was arrested on a misdeameanor domestic violence charge Saturday when police said he head-butted his wife Evelyn Lozada. And while the wife's cooperation and various legal wranglings will determine if Johnson will ever go on trial for the charge, the episode does guarantee one trial immediately.

Today, the Dolphins and their new coach are on trial.

This is not a trial of law or justice. This one will be a trial to see if Dolphins coach Joe Philbin means what he says and whether his words can be believed or not.

You see, the irony of Johnson's arrest is that it comes in the same week when Philbin already warned the player that he had to meet a certain standard of conduct to remain on the team.

Philbin was displeased that Johnson conducted what I have termed the most bizarre press conference in Dolphins history -- complete with multiple F-bombs, painted nails, talk of porn, and other ridiculousness.

That led Philbin to have a private heart-to-heart with Johnson. Except as the Dolphins are the subject of this summer's Hard Knocks series on HBO, the private conversation was captured in all its apparent lengthy discomfort for national cable airing.

And later, Philbin told Hard Knocks that unless Johnson fell into line he was in jeopardy of losing his job.

And then Philbin made the point to the rest of the media that he promised club owner Stephen Ross to run the organization in a certain way and that if people became an embarrassment for the organization, they wouldn't be part of the program.

Remember all that?

Philbin's words:

"Everybody's different," he said. "We want to let guys be themselves. However, we think everybody has an obligation to get on board with the program. I told Mr. Ross we were going to have men that represented themselves in the right way on and off the field. And that's important to me. It's important to our staff. I believe it's important to our owner that we do things the right way."

The "right way" has so far eluded Johnson. He's embarrassed the coach with that press conference. And now he's embarrassed himself and the organization by getting arrested. And for hitting a woman, no less.

And so the trial begins. No, not Johnson's trial, but Philbin's.

Is the coach going to keep Johnson on the team? Is he going to let this slide? Or is he going to cut the player on the spot. As early as today?

I'm certain Philbin can say he's going to wait to let the legal issue work itself out and hide behind the idea that Johnson will likely not be prosecuted -- this is a guess because usually spouses decline to cooperate with authorities and the issue disappears. Also, this is Johnson's apparent first offense in the local judicial system.

So the Dolphins can simply kinda sorta look the other way and let this thing blow over and keep Johnson. They've done it before, indeed many teams get away with this tact all the time. Guys beat up their wives or girlfriends and the teams separate themselves from the issue in the name of letting the law handle the matter. Then high-priced attorneys make the matter go away and the athlete keeps his job because the team is able to say it won't punish the athlete when the legal system didn't.

Happens all the time.

So Philbin and the Dolphins can probably go this route as many organizations and coaches often do to save face.

Or ...

Is the coach going to prove that his words are not just lip service? Is the coach going to actually do what he has said -- which is to weed out the idiots? Is Philbin going to cut Johnson for sullying the name of the Dolphins on multiple occasions in a one-week span?

Such a move would send a strong message. It would tell the rest of the locker room that coach isn't going to put up with this kind of behavior, particularly if you're barely hanging on as it is. It would send the message to fans and media that Philbin can be believed when he says something because put to the test, he did what he said he'd do.

So today could be a telling day.

Joe Philbin and the Dolphins have a choice. They are on trial. Chad Johnson's behavior put them there.

Now we watch for a verdict.

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Can him. Can him and any other player who hits a woman. I mean what a joke. What a pathetic joke of a human being to head butt his recent wife after getting caught buying condoms. Let that cheating beater get what he deserves--his last chance at redemption squandered by his own moral turpitude.

The only strong message that need be sent is showing Ireland the Sack.

So which do you want? The Republican panderer to the rich and Israel whose foreign policy is war or the Democrat panderer to the rich and Israel whose foreign policy is war? As Gerald Celente wrote in the July issue of the Trends Journal, americans “argue among themselves why their freak is better than the other freak. They will get angry with you if you call their freak a freak. They will actually fight and die to defend their freaks.”
It is extraordinary that millions of americans actually believe fervently that it matters whether Romney freak or Obama freak gets elected. If americans had any sense, they would stay home and not vote. The 1% control the country, and the 99% had just as well own up to it and stay at home. Nothing is going to change because of the ballot box.
What do you suppose the Ron Paul supporters will do? Will they see Romney as the less socialist of the two and vote for the Republicans who stole the nomination from Ron Paul ?

Holy Toledo, at a time when the team NEEDS to come together...it's seems as thought it will staet to come apart from within...can we get a break!!!

Always a rush to hang the black guy. Chad says he accidently bumped heads with the wife. She's pissed about the condoms so she naturally thinks it was intentional.

Why dont we take a wait and see attitude for all of the facts to come in before "rushing to hang the black guy". Geez you would think its still post civil war, post slavery America. Always easy to hang the black guy.

@Crocodile....the great thing about the US is that there are airports all over the place. Even right now, you can book a flight to some other country and begin to call it your new home, maybe you could find a place near Gerald Celente's house and you guys could have tea or something lol

Cut him.

He would've been taking a roster spot from a young unproven receiver, who I'd much rather see try to prove their self. The season is going to end with more Ls than Ws so why not see what the younger guys have to offer.

Garrard & Chad Johnson are the 2nd coming of McNown & Wilford.

FINE HIM SUSPEND HIM FOR ONE GAME HAVE HIM ISSUE AN APOLOGY TO HIS WIFE,AND OTHER WOMEN ACROSS THE COUNTRY(PUBLICLY) AND ISSUE HIM A FINAL WARNING: F-UP AGAIN AND YOUR NFL CAREER IS OVER. ENOUGH SAID.

As usual the media ( armando) is provoking a revolt and the stupid are following... Remember Cuba and " the granma"

If this is reason to cut him then cut him. Lots of receivers with something to show and he's taking up a roster spot.

I'm pretty sure if Tannehill head butted his wife he'd get the fan boot as well, so I don't know where the "hang the black man" stuff from earlier posts comes from. How I live my life is that's not acceptable behavior.

Regarding the last post...we should start the Kid in Carolina this next Game, let's see quickly if he is the real deal. Regarding this early morning post...the coach should keep a real short leach on Chad and only keep him IF he can be (and stay) a starting wide receiver but only if...

*yesterdays gone is right. See that chick on tv? Who wouldn't want to head butt her. Chad can't do better than that? Cut him for THAT. Also, Mando is wriggling for joy with this news. A great chance for him to get all superior with his phomy christian values. He is going to really rough himself up tonight with his Sean Hannity butt doll.

And Armando Salguero, parking meter attendant in waiting, was appointed appointed judge and jury by whom?.......sorry!!.....how foolish am I.....this is thrusting insightful journalism, not Sunday morning evangelistic prurient posturing.

Yesterday's gone
I must take issue with you about Salguero's writing skills. He has now almost mastered upper case lettering. I know he has a long way to go before he can attempt cursive, but I think that he has all he would need for the parking meter gig.

Considering that Armando was known as 'Pepito the Mule Boy' for the first decade of his existence I think he has come a long way.

@ LongSeason

Americans, being the most naive people among the nations, now believe that Communism is dead because the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain have been removed. The ironic truth is that Communism has just switched names to become more "politically correct". Today it is called INTERNATIONAL DEMOCRACY. The reason that the Berlin Wall came crashing down is not because Communism is dead but because THEY HAVE ACHIEVED THE PLANED AGENDA to communize the west, including America. Washington D.C. has indeed become part of the New World Order of atheist governments. There is no more need for the likes of Berlin Wall.

REMEMBER.... On Hard Knocks, Chad said, I will get ARRESTED this weekend' this could be a joke.............

Crocodile
Perhaps YOU can explain why the " president" of this country deems it necessary to host a dinner to celebrate the end of Ramadan. Sure beats me.

WHY YG/DB/FB PODSTING UNDER DIFFERENT NAMES EARLY MORNING?
FLIPER,WHEN LAST TIME YOU WERE WITH A WOMAN?

(BUFFET OF KNOWLEDGE)

THE GARAGE MACHANIC

THE CORN-BEEF COACH

THE EX PIZA DELEVERY MAN

THE CROHNS SPOKESMAN

THE HEAD BUTTER

THE CELLAR


(BUFFET OF KNOWLEDGE)

He went to Beach High but Beach High never went thru him. Ignorant mofo.

OSCAR,GOOD MORNING.
WHAST ARE YOUR PLANES FOR THIS MORNING?
WELL YOU BE DRIUNKING SANKA INSTANT COFEE AND HAVE BRAND BREED WITH GOVERMENT CHEEZE?

(BUFFET OF KNOWLEDGE)

Finally Fortune seems to be smiling upon us. First, Garrard gets injured that gives Tannehill a chance for more reps. Now, this ignorant mofo gets arrested way before the Season starts. Looking good.

These two mediaWhooores, one famous for being able to catch a Football years ago, the other bidding out her F-List "Celebrity" pooon out to the highest Ballah Dollah, deserve oneanother...

So, ready for work?

Might not be Sanka but I'm ready for some coffee.

I THOUGHT ONE WASS INOCENT TILL PROVEN QUILTY?
BUT I GUESS NOT IN MIAMI WHERE THE UNEDUCATED AND UNEMPLOYABLE LIVE.
(BUFFET OF KNOWLEDGE)

I can just see El Stinko now in the General Pop on the phone raising hell will Rosenschlub to GET ME OUTTA HERE !!! Don't they know who I AM !!! I got A Million for bail now !!! GET ME OUT !!!

Probably the first time this Clown has ever been held against his will and told, NO ! NOW SHUT THE F-UP CONVICT !!! The Judge is out at the Country Club Golfing and won't see you until Monday.

Wonder if his new roomates like his mouf as much as he likes running it ?

They don't even know how to cheat properly. Cheeezzzzz

So, what are you guys planning for Today? I guess they have practice today, no?

never should have signed him. cut him asap.

Sh-t happens every day that you cannot control. You try to solve it as best as possible then forget it.

I guess Hard Knocks is going to be a hit.

the miami dolphins simply do not need this ship

WHY I FEEL CHAD JONSON WILL BE CONVICTED IN MIAMI IF STAND TRIAL?
(BUFFET OF KNOWLEDGE(

good article mando. cut him and give the young guys a chance.

Cur him at high noon

He is done. You cant keep him when you got rid of Marshall for the same reasons. Marshall was a better receiver. An opportunity just opened for someone else who isnt a wife beater.

Why do I feel that Armando is antagonistic to Cubans in Miami?

If that question was turned into a statement, then Armando's whole life would unveil before our Eyes.

Why is this joke on the team? Philbin needs to let the situation play out, this week, understand if he did indeed headbutt his wife and if he did? CUT HIS ASS!!! This ass could not perform wife FREAKING TOM BRADY, how is he going to help Miami with Matt fumble prone, happy feet Moore? C'mon man just get rid of the progress stopper!!

Yesterdays Gone

Stop defending the indefensible. Accidental head butts yield at worst black and blue marks, not serious lacerations.

It is so easy to see what is going on. Chad is embarrassed that he pumped himself and his followers up so high and doesn't back it up on the field, dropping the only pass that came his way, one that hit him right in both hands. He is frustrated and scared to believe maybe he doesn't have it anymore, so the slightest incident triggered rage.

He is an immature clown that doesn't deserve the privilege to be in the NFL anymore. Armando makes the point, Philbin is on trial now. If he doesn't cut Chad, then nobody will ever take him seriously, they will see him as a week man of talk and no action.

C'Mon Mando!

While Home thinks Philbin will now cut Chad Johnson

Mando,
U are putting a massive amount of undo pressure on Philbin to support your own agenda and you are stepping over your journalistic boundaries

Nobody calls for u to be fired for being the nerdiest, wimpiest reporter that pulls his pants up around chest high w a tight belt and talks in crackling voice that sounds as if Mando is just reaching puberty

lol, ... just saying

Let Philbin make the decision himself

and

have a HAARPy day :(

Armando, If I were Stephen Ross my first move would be to cut Chad Johnson today. Then give up draft choices, pay huge money or do what is needed to obtain Mike Wallace from the Steelers. The Doplhins need a playmaker receiver big time. They also need to unload a guy who is so gutless that he gets nervous during an exhibition game then commits a crime against his wife. The wife hitting is unacceptable as is Johnson's bizarre behavior. JOHNSON NEEDS TO BE CUT NOW FOR MANY REASONS.

Mike Wallace is nothing without Ben, nothing. Don't be stupid.

How many teams went after Wallace in the offseason?

0.

Realist
You are wrong on 2 counts.
1. He thinks the rubbish he writes is brilliant thought provoking journalism.

2.. I am told there are seances where the literate reach out for the other side to try to make the job of knitting sub editor for the antarctic times belong to Salguero

Miami is trying to change their image, their culture and, hopefully, their fortunes. This the a strong chance to do just that for the first two.

ESPN, PFT, SI, SunSent, all had the story before the Herald.

Why is it the Herald is ALWAYS last on ALL stories about the fins?

Cut him right now. We got rid of a malcontent (Marshall) and got another malcontent (Johnson), stupid, very stupid.

I think he'll be cut. This is the new image of miami dolphins

Mike Wallace is fast.

unreal it just gets better and better and we have only played one pre season game! release the bum, what a joke

CUT HIM. I WOULD RATHER LOOSE GAMES THAN HAVE AN EGOMANIAC THAT IS ALL ABOUT 'HIMSELF' RATHER THAN THE ORGANIZATION. ADD IN THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, IT IS A NO BRAINER. "CHAMPIONS PRACTICE HERE", NOT MEDIA WHORES AND WIFE BEATERS! THERE IS NO OTHER OPTION. HE IS SHOULD BE GONE, END OF STORY.

The fins are wussies, all talk no action. The team is not tough because the org is not tough.

It seems to me Wallace and Pruitt deserve a shot at starting. They both had strong performances and work extremely hard. What more can you ask for?

Chris and you other ignorant fools,

Have you no life experience? Born yesterday? No memory? All of the above?

You don't pass judgement based on a newspaper headline. They are nothing but fodder to gain attention and in no way reliable. Let the facts be brought to the organization. If true, sure, cut him. Just don't assume everything you read is true. Journalists are under great pressure to get stories out and news sites are under great pressure to get hits so they can sell more advertising.

WRs in order: trade Brian Hartline and Matt Moore

Julius Pruitt
Roberto Wallace
Davone Bess
Legedu Naanee
Marlon Moore
Chris Hogan
Clyde Gates

Ithaca phin fan, you're wrong because neither got guarantees in their contracts, so they can be cut without any loss to the team. Very team friendly contracts if they work out great if they don't great. But unlike McNown, Garrad had won the QB battle up to this point.

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