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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    So Ocho Stinko decided enough is enough. Just like the long forgotten Howard Johnson hotels of yesteryear, this Johnson is ready to be forgotten.

    July 24, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff

    Go away Ocho-Stinko! By the way OchoCinco does NOT mean eighty five!!!! It means 8-5. Ochenta y cinco means eighty five. Chad Johnson is just now realizing that his career is over, for intents and purposes, he'll never be a hall of famer, or win a superbowl. So this is his last ditch effort for some publicity before he and T.O move into a subsidized housing neighborhood together. Go away Ocho-Johnson, or what ever your name is, you were never a class act, never will be, and the league (and my Sundays) will be better off without you.

    July 24, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Rebecca

      Thanks, Jeff, for saving me the trouble of explaining the difference between 8-5 and 85 in Spanish. Good job! It is quite a shame that so many published media writers' educations have sunk to such low levels that they require constant proof-reading and correction by the general public.

      July 24, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mr. Jingles

    why is this news????

    July 24, 2012 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • creative36

      It's news because you are reading it and commenting on it.

      July 24, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. Johnnyc

    Nobody cares .

    July 24, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  5. Portland tony

    Oh, With a lead story like this, I can't wait til you News editors top this. Anything else TMZ might report on?

    July 24, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  6. paula parker

    He is a nut without the shell.

    July 24, 2012 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  7. Anderson Cooper

    I prefer the Johnson.

    July 24, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Todd in DC

      Have you seen Cooper's boyfriend? 8.5. wouldn't stand a chance in comparison.

      July 24, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  8. yoda

    His wife is gorgeous and, I must say, Brad is looking spiffy, also.
    Best wishes to them both.

    July 24, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  9. dave

    Hey moron "journalist"...
    The idiot named himself "Eight-Five." Eighty-five is ochenta cinco.

    July 24, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  10. halfpint

    Ocho Cinco is NOT 85 in Spanish! ochenta y cinco is! He is such an idiot he didn't even know how to say 85 right! I am glad he changed back to Johnson because his other name was really making me mad!

    July 24, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  11. Grim Reaper

    Another brilliant football player burning through his cash on the long road back to the hood.

    July 24, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  12. uysfl

    his mamma called him Cassius, ima call him Cassius

    July 24, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  13. jillmarie

    I wonder if he'll change it back after their split. This guy seems like a cheater- Cheryl Burke confirmed it.

    July 24, 2012 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  14. timm

    some clowns just can't accept the fact that their 15 minutes of fame is up. this guys was a joke from day one. Just try to keep what dignity you have left, do the world a favor and just fade away ....

    July 24, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  15. Sarah

    It's bad enough that Chad didn't know that Ocho Cinco is not 85, but the writer of this article didn't know either! 8 is ocho and 5 is Cinco. But 85 is ochenta y cinco.

    July 24, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
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