Former NFL star Chad Johnson describes pre-dawn FBI raid on Roger Stone's house
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation keeps taking wild twists and turns with surprising characters making cameos along the way. Chad Johnson, née Ochocinco, was an unexpected — but pleasant — addition on Friday.
According to the New York Times, the FBI arrived at Stone’s Fort Lauderdale, Fla., home before dawn to arrest the former advisor to President Donald Trump on seven counts including witness tampering, obstruction of an official proceeding and making false statements.
As it turns out, that Fort Lauderdale neighborhood was also home to Johnson, the former Cincinnati Bengals star and six-time Pro Bowler.
Since his final NFL training camp in 2012, Johnson has been all over the place. He’s signed a two-year deal to play with the Montreal Alouettes and was weirdly excited about it. Johnson even made an appearance at 39 in the Mexican Liga de Futbol Americano Profesional. And apparently, he still likes morning jogs before 7:30.
One hopes that Johnson did not know his neighbor too well, considering Stone is facing substantial jail time. Stone, who has worked on at least five Republican campaigns dating back to the 1970s, reportedly coordinated with WikiLeaks to let the Trump campaign know about stolen emails that could be damaging towards Hillary Clinton.
Stone is expected to appear in a federal courthouse later Friday. Meanwhile, another Trump associate, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is also due to appear in court Friday to argue that he did not breach his plea agreement with Mueller.
Since Johnson’s original tweet, he has not added any more context to what he saw Friday, instead tweeting back to his fans. But Ochocinco, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find more details to share about this pre-dawn raid.
Twitter reacts to to Ochocinco’s appearance
Twitter always has plenty to say about anything Trump- or Russia-related, but things really kicked into high gear with Johnson’s surprising involvement. Here’s just a taste of some of the best jokes from Friday morning:
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