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NFL: Miami Dolphins cut Chad Johnson following weekend arrest

The wide receiver, who had been looking to get his career back on track with Miami, was cut by the NFL side just hours after being released from jail following a dispute with his wife

Chad Johnson, formerly Chad
Chad Johnson, formerly Chad "Ochocinco", during practice with the Miami Dolphins.

MIAMI, USA // Flamboyant NFL star Chad Johnson has been axed by the Miami Dolphins a day after being arrested over a domestic assault allegation.

The 34-year-old, who legally changed his name to "Chad Ochocinco" in 2008 before reverting back to Johnson last month, was released from jail after being arrested following a dispute with wife Evelyn Lozada.

The Dolphins said in a brief statement last night that they had terminated his contract, just two months after signing him.

A six-time Pro Bowler known for elaborate touchdown celebrations and showmanship, Johnson was coming off a disappointing 2011 season with the New England Patriots that resulted in him being released at the end of the campaign.

He had been hoping the move to Miami would revive a career that has devolved into one displaying more style than substance, but had played just one pre-season game for the Dolphins before being cut.

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