Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin says the decision to release six-time Pro Bowl receiver Chad Johnson wasn't based on any single incident and wasn't made to send a message.
Speaking from Davie, Fla., Philbin said the Dolphins simply decided the fit was wrong for both the team and Johnson.
The Dolphins terminated Johnson's contract Sunday night, about 24 hours after he was arrested in a domestic battery case involving his wife. Johnson was released from jail on $2,500 US bond earlier Sunday after his wife accused him of head-butting her during an argument.
Earlier in the week, Philbin said Johnson's roster spot could be in jeopardy if he didn't temper his freewheeling behaviour. Johnson annoyed the coach by frequently using profanity during a session with reporters.