Chad Johnson could be kept out of Canada due to no contest plea
Former star NFL receiver Chad
Ochocinco Johnson has finally found a team willing to sign him so he can play football again. There are two problems with that, however. First being the team is the Montreal Alouettes. Montreal, Quebec. In Canada. Johnson has a no contest plea hanging over his head from 2012, and United States citizens with criminal records are routinely kept from getting permits to work in Canada.
In short, that no contest plea could possibly keep Johnson from playing football for the Alouettes.
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS, the Montreal Alouettes continues to wait for word on whether Johnson will be given the appropriate permit to work in Canada. The team could get final word within the next 7-10 days.
If Johnson can’t get a permit, Johnson can’t play in Canada.
Johnson last played an NFL game more than two years ago as a member of the New England Patriots. He was cut by the Miami Dolphins in 2012 after being arrested for assaulting his wife – the same arrest that produced the no contest plea.
Among other requirements, Johnson will have to prove that he is fully rehabilitated if he is to be considered for a permit to work in Canada.