Chad Johnson Is Staying ‘Afloat’ After Domestic Violence Arrest, Firings

Chad Johnson (formerly Ochocino) and Evelyn Lozada

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updated 08/15/2012 AT 12:00 PM ET

originally published 08/15/2012 AT 1:20 PM ET

Talk about sending a message.

Chad Johnson (formerly Ochocinco), normally a vivacious Twitter presence with more than 3 million followers, has finally broken his silence – on Twitter – following his arrest for allegedly head-butting his new wife Evelyn Lozada. “I haven’t had to tread water in a long time. ” he wrote on Tuesday. “Special thank you to my fans…family…friends for keeping me afloat…”

Also, the football star and Dancing with the Stars alum changed his Twitter profile picture to a road sign pointing in two directions: “Rock” and “Hard Place.”

Lozada, meanwhile, has been more vocal. On Tuesday, she filed for divorce after only 41 days of marriage – and she spoke out, saying, “Domestic violence is not okay, and hopefully my taking a stand will help encourage other women to break their silence as well.”

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