Chad Johnson knew he messed up right away.
He was already lectured by coach Joe Philbin earlier in training camp when he used profanity and acted unprofessionally in a news conference. So when Johnson called Stu Weinstein, the Dolphins' director of security, after being arrested Saturday night on a domestic violence charge, Johnson's voice trembled with fear.
"He's shook up. His voice is cracking," Weinstein was shown telling Philbin on Tuesday night's episode of Hard Knocks, HBO's all-access show on the team. "He said, 'This is going to be my death penalty.' "
Sure enough the Dolphins cut Johnson on Sunday night, about 24 hours after his arrest. The show aired the full three-minute meeting between Philbin and Johnson in the coach's office, in which Johnson apologized profusely for his conduct and pleaded to keep his job.
"Coach, I've never been in trouble before, ever, and I buy into your program," Johnson said. "After that talk we had, I was hushed from that point on, and I was going to stay that way for the entire year."
Philbin said he appreciated Johnson's passion for the game but told him sternly that he wouldn't be a good fit for the Dolphins. The show also revealed that Philbin wasn't happy with some of Johnson's activity on Twitter during the off-season, and that Johnson was slow to pick up the Dolphins' offense, as was his problem in New England.
"I think you're a good person. I acknowledge people make mistakes," Philbin told Johnson. But "I don't know that this is working for the benefit of you, me, the Miami Dolphins or anybody else."
Johnson has lost more than his job in the three days since his arrest. On Monday, Johnson lost his reality TV show when VH1 said it was dropping plans to air the series starring him and his wife that was supposed to debut Sept. 3.
And on Tuesday, Johnson lost his marriage. According to the gossip website TMZ.com, Johnson's wife, Evelyn Lozada, filed divorce papers Tuesday in Florida, claiming her marriage is "irretrievably broken."
Johnson and Lozada, formerly the fiancee of ex-Miami Heat player Antoine Walker, were married July 4 after dating for three years, but their marriage lasted 41 days. According to TMZ, the two had a pre-nuptial agreement.
"I am deeply disappointed that Chad has failed to take responsibility for his actions and made false accusations against me," said Lozada, 36. "It is my sincere hope that he seeks the help he needs to overcome his troubles. Domestic violence is not okay and hopefully my taking a stand will help encourage other women to break their silence as well."
The show revealed that Dolphins quarterback David Garrard "felt a pop" in his knee Thursday night while turning to watch his son in the swimming pool. He went for an MRI that night, missed Friday's pre-season opener, had surgery Saturday and is unsure of his timetable for return. ... Undrafted receiver Chris Hogan has been the most impressive player at his position -- Reggie Bush calls him "7-11" because he's "always open" -- and the coaching staff was unimpressed with the play of tight ends Charles Clay and Michael Egnew.
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