Chad Johnson’s dismissal from the Miami Dolphins, which aired Tuesday night on HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” is generating more buzz than any topic in the NFL at the moment.
Wednesday’s edition of “NFL AM” gave analyst Mark Kriegel the chance for his own Aaron Sorkinesque monologue on the topic:
“Whatever you think of Chad Johnson or reality television it was a seminal moment,” Kriegel said. “You’ve seen scrubs cut before, but not stars. This was about fame, it was about masculinity, you saw a public man come to his end. You saw a loud guy get quiet. He had nothing, he had nothing to say, no bells and whistles, no end zone dancing. You never saw this Chad before, intimate and muted. And it was a damn shame. He wanted to be a creature of television and now he is, forever. In a moment the star became a scrub.”
NFL.com’s Steve Wyche took offense to Johnson being termed a scrub but agreed it was a heavy moment for the former Pro Bowl receiver.
“He was reduced to a human being who stepped in it,” said Wyche. “It was a situation where you saw a guy who loved the camera, who was always wanting that attention, he was reduced to being human and raw for that moment.”
Former Pro Bowl cornerback Eric Davis, a 13-year pro who played on four NFL teams, rejected the idea that it was a unique moment in the NFL.
“He was released, it happened on camera,” Davis said. “That doesn’t reduce him in any way, that’s a part of it. You think it would have been any better had the camera not been there? You just saw what happens behind the scenes. Even when the camera’s not there, I’ve been a part of that conversation, there really is nothing to say.”
“The difference here is that Chad was so willing to exploit his own fame, that in his final moment in this hour, this is a lot of what you are going to take away and at the end of it he really had nothing to say. He is out of rhetoric, he’s out of all flourishes,” Kriegel retorted.
For all the fun moments Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson has given us the past 11 years, let’s hope this isn’t the final moment we remember him for.