NFL: Chad Johnson briefly lobbied to stay with Dolphins

FILE - This June 19, 2012 file photo shows Miami Dolphins player Chad Ochocinco, who recently changed his name back to Chad Johnson,  talking to the media after NFL practice in Davie, Fla. The Dolphins terminated the six-time Pro Bowl receiver's contract about 24 hours after he was arrested in a domestic battery case involving his wife. Johnson was released from jail on $2,500 bond earlier Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012,  after his wife accused him of head-butting her during an argument in front of their home.  (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File)

FILE - This June 19, 2012 file photo shows Miami Dolphins player Chad Ochocinco, who recently changed his name back to Chad Johnson, talking to the media after NFL practice in Davie, Fla. The Dolphins terminated the six-time Pro Bowl receiver's contract about 24 hours after he was arrested in a domestic battery case involving his wife. Johnson was released from jail on $2,500 bond earlier Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, after his wife accused him of head-butting her during an argument in front of their home. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File)

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FILE - This March 7, 2011 file photo shows NFL Football player and reality television star Chad Johnson and Evelyn Lozada attending Cosmopolitan Magazine's Fun Fearless Males of 2011 event in New York. Lozada is ending her 41-day-old marriage to Chad Johnson after the football star was arrested for allegedly head-butting her over the weekend.  A rep for the VH1 reality star confirmed reports that Lozada filed for divorce Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012.  (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, file)

FILE - This March 7, 2011 file photo shows NFL Football player and reality television star Chad Johnson and Evelyn Lozada attending Cosmopolitan Magazine's Fun Fearless Males of 2011 event in New York. Lozada is ending her 41-day-old marriage to Chad Johnson after the football star was arrested for allegedly head-butting her over the weekend. A rep for the VH1 reality star confirmed reports that Lozada filed for divorce Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, file)

— Chad Johnson briefly lobbied in vain to keep his job when he was cut by Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin.

The six-time Pro Bowl receiver failed to make the case, and after bidding Philbin farewell with a handshake, he walked out of the Dolphins' complex for good.

The scene was captured on the latest episode of HBO's "Hard Knocks," which is chronicling the Dolphins' preseason. They terminated Johnson's contract Sunday night, about 24 hours after he was arrested in a domestic battery case involving his wife, Evelyn Lozada.

She subsequently announced plans to file for divorce, ending their marriage after barely a month.

Johnson met with Philbin in the coach's office, and their conversation was brief. Johnson noted that he had been scolded earlier by the coach for a profanity-laced session with reporters, and had not done an interview since.

"Coach, I've never been in trouble before. Ever," said Johnson, who signed with the Dolphins in June. "And I buy into your program, most definitely. Because after that talk we had, I was hushed from that point on. And I was going stay that way the entire year."

Regarding his arrest, Johnson said: "I let you down a little bit. A lot. I apologize for embarrassing you, and our organization, my teammates."

But Philbin's mind was made up.

"It's not really just (Saturday) night," he said. "It's where we are as a program, and where you are, and where we're headed. I just don't see the mesh right now. ...

"I just think it's best for both of us that we kind of part ways at this point in time. It's not like I'm trying to flex my muscle to say, 'I'm the head coach, and let's make an example of Chad Johnson.' It has nothing to do with that.

"It's more about how you fit in, and how we fit in together, and where this thing is heading. I just don't see it being where I thought it would be, or what I hoped it would be. I'm sure it's not good news. It's not good news for us either. But I'm certain you can overcome this thing."

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