Johnson is Ochocino, Ochocinco is Johnson

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Johnson is Ochocino, Ochocinco is Johnson

I think we need to be careful before jumping to conclusions about what really happened inside Chad Johnson's car this weekend. Mostly, because both 85 and his wife are certifiably insane.

You know about Chad. His whackiness has been on display since the moment he entered the league. Of course, he never really gave off the vibe that he was "violent crazy" especially towards women. But I guess you never know.

As for his wife, Evelyn Lozada (Antoine Walker's ex-fianceeone of the stars of VH1's Basketball Wives), here's a little glimpse at what she brings to the crazy train.

All aboard!

OK, I won't make any more light of this situation. But the point is that I really think it's worth pumping the breaks on labeling Johnson a wife beaterdomestic abuser until all the details are out there. For now, all we have is two crazy people in a smart car with a condoms receipt.

The one thing we do know, however, is that Chad Johnson is out of a job the Dolphins released him shortly after he was released from jail.

If you watched the first episode of HBO's Hard Knocks, you weren't surprised by this development. Even though he looked pretty good on the field, there was no question that Johnson's unpredictable, attention-whore mentality was already wearing on new head coach Joe Philbin and Co. It's obvious that they don't really care if 85's innocent or not, they just don't want him associated with the team. And no one can blame them. Johnson's had one 1000-yard receiving season since 2007; the time for putting up with his ridiculousness has long past.

But I don't think people are done putting up with it.

In light of everything that may have happened this weekend, I've heard a bunch of people speculate that Johnson head-butted away his career in that smart car. That Miami was his last shot in the NFL, and he'll now have to settle on a career as professional reality star. I don't buy it, though. There's no way we've seen the last of Chad Johnson.

If Terrell Owens is still getting chances at 38, someone will take a chance on Johnson at 34. Or 35. Or 36. And he'll probably blow every one.

But that won't stop them from trying.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Patriots players got a refresher on NFL social media policy because of Brown

Patriots players got a refresher on NFL social media policy because of Brown

FOXBORO -- Antonio Brown's live stream of coach Mike Tomlin's postgame speech on Sunday had a ripple effect that traveled all the way to New England: Just in case Patriots players weren't familiar with the league's social-media policy, they were reminded of it this week. 

"We were reminded of that," receiver Chris Hogan said. "I’m not sure what the timing is, but obviously, I don’t think we’ll see guys doing that in the locker room."

Players are prohibited from using social media in the locker room until media outlets have been given an opportunity to talk to players following games. Brown's Facebook Live video, which garnered national attention almost as soon as it went online, was shot well before the visitor's locker room at Arrowhead Stadium opened following Pittsburgh's win over Kansas City.

"We have a team policy on that," special teams captain Matthew Slater said. "Strictly enforced. We go from there."

Of course part of the reason the video became as widely disseminated as it did was because it caught Tomlin calling the Patriots "a--holes."

"I have a lot of respect for Coach Tomlin," Slater said when asked about Tomlin's speech. "I appreciate the way he prepares his team. I’ve had a good working relationship with him over the years, and it will continue to be that way."

Both Slater and Hogan insisted that their focus will be trained solely on preparing for what Tomlin and his players will do when they arrive to Gillette Stadium Sunday night -- not what they say leading up to kickoff.

"You come in here, you're automatically bought into what we preach here, what coach [Bill] Belichick preaches," Hogan said. "It's football. We're 100 percent football here. It's not about anything outside. Between the media or whatever it is outside of football, whatever we're doing. When we come here, it's 100 percent football. That's all we're focused on is the opponent we're playing that week."

Whether Goodell visits Foxboro or not, Patriots players say they don't care

Whether Goodell visits Foxboro or not, Patriots players say they don't care

FOXBORO -- Roger Goodell will reportedly be in Atlanta for the NFC Championship Game this weekend and therefore will miss the AFC title game between the Patriots and Steelers at Gillette Stadium on Sunday. His absence will mean he hasn't been to a Patriots game in more than two years, when he was present for the AFC title game in 2015 -- the birth of Deflategate. 

It's news that broke on Tuesday and sent some Patriots fans into an uproar. Patriots players, though, sound like they're having a hard time caring one way or the other.

"He’s the commissioner, so obviously whatever he wants to do, he can do," Tom Brady told WEEI's Kirk and Callahan Monday. "If he wants to come, that would be -- yeah, he can come."

In the Patriots locker room on Tuesday, others struck a similar tone.

"I could not care less," said Patriots receiver Chris Hogan. "I'm focused on Pittsburgh and their defense and studying them as much as I can this week, watching them as much as I can so that I can go out there on Sunday and be prepared."

Special teams captain Matthew Slater was similarly disinterested in the discussion.

"The game's going to be played," he said. "Whoever's in attendance is in attendance. We'll just worry about trying to play well."