Chad Ochocinco Issues Apology, Says 'I Truly Love Evelyn Lozada to Death'

“I would like to apologize to everyone."
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After remaining silent since Saturday’s altercation with new wife Evelyn Lozada, getting fired by the Miami Dolphins and Tuesday’s divorce filing, Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson has broken his silence.

“I would like to apologize to everyone for the recent events that have occurred,” he says in a statement on his official website.

“I would like to wish Evelyn well and will never say anything bad about her because I truly love her to death,” he continues. “I will continue to be positive and train hard for another opportunity in the NFL. To all the fans and supporters I have disappointed, you have my sincerest apologies. I will stay positive and get through this tough period in my life.”

In an additional statement, he tweeted, “I haven't had to tread water in a long time... special thank you to my fans...family...friends for keeping me afloat...”

The athlete seems to be answering to the statement released by his wife of six weeks this morning. The Basketball Wives star accused him of not taking responsibility for his actions and making false accusations about her.

During the altercation over the weekend, Johnson allegedly head-butted his wife after an argument that began after she claimed she found a receipt for condoms in his car.

Lozada said, “It is my sincere hope that he seeks the help he needs to overcome his troubles.” She filed for divorce in Florida later on Tuesday.

VH1 filmed the couple’s preparations and wedding for the reality show, Ev & Ocho, which was pulled by the network on Monday after the abuse allegations.

Lozada’s stepfather told Celebuzz that she’s returning to New York on Tuesday to attend the funeral for her brother-in-law, Anthony Ochoa.

He passed away on Monday from complications of Cancer. Married to Lozada’s sister, Sylvia, Ochoa was very close to the star and has appeared on Basketball Wives several times. He also walked the bride down the aisle during the couple’s wedding.

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