Ochocinco becomes Johnson again
Chad Johnson and Evelyn Lozada, shown here in February 2011, have an upcoming reality show on VH1.
July 24th, 2012
08:33 AM ET

Ochocinco becomes Johnson again

Ochocinco is a fine last name for a bachelor but apparently not a married man, so the Miami Dolphins wide receiver who had legally changed his name to match his uniform number is back to Johnson again.

"Ocho-cinco" represents Johnson's number, 85, in Spanish.

"Chad Ochocinco has officially changed his name back to Chad Johnson," says a posting on Johnson's website, ocnnreport.com.

Johnson made the name change official at the Broward County Courthouse in Florida on Monday, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

"The main reason behind the name change was due to his marriage to Evelyn Lozada. The couple preferred Evelyn’s last name to be a real name and not the fun 'Ochocinco' character we have come to love," the ocnnreport post says.

"I'm just doing it for the marriage. It has nothing to do with football. Ochocinco is still in me. It's just my middle name," Johnson told ESPN.com on Monday.

Johnson and Lozada married on July 4 in what People magazine said "might be the most exhaustively documented wedding ever."

Johnson and Lozada, who appeared on the VH1 reality show "Basketball Wives," got engaged in November 2010.

In September, they'll have a reality show, "Ev and Ocho," together on VH1.

The football player said the name on the back of his Dolphins uniform this coming season will be Johnson, according to the ESPN report.

As of Tuesday morning, however,  the Dolphins' website still lists Johnson as Ochocinco.

Johnson signed with the Dolphins in June.

He'll be entering his 12th NFL season, 10 with the Cincinnati Bengals and last year with the New England Patriots. He played college ball at Oregon State University.

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  1. Hope

    He can't be that bad, he hails from Oregon State!


    Success, what a wonderful feeling!

    July 24, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BOMBO ©

    "Johnson made the name change official at the Broward County Courthouse in Florida on Monday."

    I think you need to give a reason for the name change. Did he enter on the form "I don't know WHAT the hell I was thinking."?

    July 24, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Byrd of Paradise

    He should change is name to CONFUSED because clearly, that's exactly what he is.

    July 24, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |

    His life as he knows it is over. He has just relinquished all control of his life by marrying a Latin woman. She's already made him change his name! LOL

    July 25, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. Dave

    Seems like their up-coming reality show now needs to be called "Ev and Dumba ss".

    July 25, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  6. Matty

    Not sure if this article has been edited, or if you're all a bunch of idiots (I'm guessing the latter), but the authors quote is that Ochocinco REPRESENTS his number, not that it IS his number. Comprehension apparently is lacking here. Also, I'm guessing Ochenta Y Cinco or whatever it is just didn't have as good a ring to it as Ochocinco.

    July 25, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      You guessed the latter, but the truth is actually the former. The article has been edited.

      August 15, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  7. Suzy

    Can't stand this couple...i can't stand them as much as Kanye and Kim Kardashian. Gross!!!!!

    August 14, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
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