News: Chad Ochocinco's $130,000 Miami Problem Surfaces

Monday, Aug 20, 2012 11:15AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

NFL player Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson continues to get hit with public woes as new reports claim the wide receiver-for-hire owes $130,000 to a contractor which could cost him his Florida house.

According to reports, legal papers were filed against Ocho in early August.

According to docs filed in Broward County, FL on August 7, Jacinth Preston claims Chad owes him the chunk of change for work done on Johnson's home ... the same home where the alleged domestic violence incident with Evelyn Lozada occurred. Preston claims the money stems from providing "salary, car insurance, cleaners, landscaping, decorating." According to the lien, if Johnson doesn't pay off the debt soon, his house could be foreclosed on. (TMZ)

Last week, Ocho lost his endorsement deal with a coconut water company.

"In light of recent events involving Mr. Johnson, we have decided to terminate our relationship," a representative for Zico said. "The values we espouse, through our employees, our customers and our brand, are central to our mission. We have taken this proactive step to demonstrate just how important those values are." (Ace Showbiz)

Prior to Zico's move, music network VH1 pulled the plug on his "Ev and Ocho" reality show.

VH1 scrapped plans to produce a reality show series based on Chad Johnson's marriage to reality star Evelyn Lozada, who appeared on the network's "Basketball Wives" series. "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," the network said in a statement. (Chicago Tribune)

The fallen NFL star also got cut from the Miami Dolphins in light of the headline-generating arrest.

Attention, young wide receivers: If you have a flair for the dramatic, a need for media attention and you frequently create headlines for things other than football accomplishments, consider these flaws that you need to correct. These qualities do not pay any longer. Chad Johnson, Terrell Owens and Plaxico Burress highlighted the era of the diva wide receiver in the NFL. They have not enjoyed the respective twilights of their careers. Chad Johnson was released on Sunday night , a very short time after he'd been arrested for allegedly head-butting his new bride . Whether or not he'll find a job again in the NFL is unclear, but at the very least, it's no sure thing. When the Dolphins signed him back in June, it was for $925,000 - the league's veteran minimum - with no guaranteed money. It's not like there was a bidding war for his services, even before the arrest. (Yahoo Sports)

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