MIAMI, FL - MAY 24: Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson watches the Miami Heat play against the Chicago Bulls in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 24, 2011 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Former Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins wide receiver Chad Johnson gave an honest and humble interview following events with his former wife in Miami, along with appearing washed out, that essentially put him on the do-not call list. One step at a time trying to save his NFL career, if not making him a better person (we're thinking the former, but threw in the latter anyway), begins with attending anger management classes. During Showtime's Inside the NFL, Johnson said:
"I'm taking classes, anger management classes," he said. "I'm trying to find out how can I channel my anger when I'm in situations to where I would pop off? How can I defuse those situations?
"When you get a humble Chad Johnson that has lost everything and has to work his way back up, that's a big deal. Because you're not getting that same individual, you're not getting that same fun guy. ... I gotta prove a point. That's the scariest thing in the world to have someone that has that drive."
For his part Chad didn't put what happened to him on anyone else, taking full responsibility and ownership to everything that's happened to him. Perhaps he's a quick study in how ultimate forgiveness from everyone else comes from admission.
"Where do I go from here, now that I think about it? I gotta work on Chad. Chad has to work on Chad. Chad has to go deep down inside and figure out where he went wrong. At what point did you lose focus on what's most important, especially the game of football?"
In all honesty we hope Chad finds that inner-peace and resolves the issues he's indentified as harmful. And we hope that everyone affected by his actions in recent months are equally better off.