An apparent domestic battery incident over the weekend is having repercussions both in television and in the world of pro sports. The incident involving Miami Dolphins wide receiver Chad Johnson — formerly known as Chad Ochocinco — has led VH1 to pull the plug on a show.
The network issued the following brief statement on its decision not to go ahead with the reality series “Ev & Ocho”:
"Due to the unfortunate events over the weekend and the seriousness of the allegations, VH1 is pulling the series ‘Ev and Ocho’ from its schedule and has no current plans of airing it."
Also affected is the HBO program “Hard Knocks,” which will be focusing on the Dolphins this season. The Dolphins released Johnson from his contract after allegations of domestic battery arose over the weekend involving Johnson and his wife, Evelyn Lozada.
Johnson, one of the most colorful players in the NFL, was attempting to resurrect his sputtering career by joining the Miami roster, and was expected to get plenty of airtime in the HBO series.