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. N.Y. GIANTS

    It aint Chad Johnson fault that the New England Patriots stink and has 3 tainted SB rings

    July 24, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. giggity

    world class news. keep up the good job cnn

    July 24, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bobby

      Back in the old days they had these things called newspapers. Besides the news they would also cover entertainment. If you weren't interested in something, you could just not read it. I guess now that news is available on the Internet you are required to read everything.

      July 24, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • SD Guy

      That must be her name...Johnson.

      July 24, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jerry Sandusky

    Me and Joe Pa are going down to the playground. Who wants to come along?

    July 24, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    He should change his name to "MONEY" because I'm jealous he has so much. Better get yours and stop hating the player.

    July 24, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Chris Rock

    Another rich BM being hated on for no reason other than being a BM. Get over it people not everyone is interested in being a Tim Tebow.

    July 24, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. sdl

    Ochenta y cinco would more accurately represent his number because that's eighty-five in Spanish, while ocho cinco is eight five. Doesn't sound quite as snappy though.

    July 24, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. amndaconda

    Correction: Ochocinco is not spanish for his number it is spanish for the number 8 and the number 5. If he wanted his number it would be Ochenta y Cinco which means 85 in spanish. Sorry this has bothered me from day one, not to mention the fact that it is ridiculous!

    July 24, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. lolarites

    Welcome back to the real world, Chad.

    July 24, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. James

    Who cares?

    July 24, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. stevelb1

    Did he ever stop being a Johnson? A big Johnson?

    July 24, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Steve

    Ocho Donko

    July 24, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sarah

    Dude, 85 in Spanish is Ochenta Cinco, not Ocho Cinco.

    July 24, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. stta

    I lost the little respect I had for him when he changed is real name from Johnson. After the name change I still referred to him as Chad Johnson. Maybe he is starting to mature and will learn that he is playing a team sport but I have high doubts. His first name change was as selfish as the way he played.

    July 24, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bill Tyrrell

    Oops, Just saw that Sarah pointed out the same thing above.... well done Sarah but, Johnson is still a MORON... lol

    July 24, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. MuchoStinko's 2nd Cousin

    I love that. Thanks for the good laugh

    July 24, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
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