Chad Johnson hopes to still play

  • ESPN.com news services | December 5, 2012

Chad Johnson said Wednesday he's "fine with it" if he doesn't get a chance to play in the NFL again but believes he'll get another opportunity.

Appearing on "ESPN First Take," Johnson said he has had to "humble" himself after his release by the Miami Dolphins and the divorce from Evelyn Lozada, following his arrest in a domestic violence incident against his ex-wife last summer. He also said he has no one to blame but himself for his troubles.

Johnson I'm going to play again. I will think and I will hope so. If I don't, I am fine with it.

-- Chad Johnson

"I have to humble myself. I'm not complaining. I'm not fussing about being cut. I made the bed, I'm going to lay in it," he said. "I'm going to play again. I will think and I will hope so. If I don't, I am fine with it."

He said he is getting the help he needs and is still taking domestic violence classes. He was sentenced to a year's probation and the domestic violence counseling course when he pleaded no contest to the charges against him.

The six-time Pro Bowl player long known as Chad Ochocinco was arrested in August after Lozada said he head-butted her during an argument. She quickly filed for divorce, which was finalized in September. They had been married since July 4.

Johnson said he is still training in case an NFL team comes calling, but if he's not given another chance he has to accept it.

"I don't have a choice. What am I going to do, fuss, knock down the doors, beg?"

However, he's confident another chance will come.

"I will get an opportunity to play again. Why? Because this is the NFL and there's always second chances," he said.

He said he would accept any role with an NFL team and added he no longer has the leverage anymore to make demands.

"A job is sufficient for me," he said.

Johnson has seven seasons of more than 1,000 yards receiving but he fell off the map after his trade from the Cincinnati Bengals to the New England Patriots before the 2011 season. He said he doesn't know why that's the case.

"It worked for 10 years and I get to New England, it didn't work. Maybe it was the system. I don't know why," he said. "What makes it even worse is it didn't work with one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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