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About 30 people have filed a class-action lawsuit against Chad Johnson, accusing him of promising to give away a Lexus automobile, and trips to the Super Bowl and Pro Bowl, and then not coming through. It's going to trial on June 30th.

Eric Deter, the attorney representing the people filing the suit, was on 1530 The Sports Animal earlier today, and he doesn't think terribly highly of Chad Johnson. You can listen to it by clicking here (the interview in question runs from about the 7:30 mark to the 21:20 mark).

I'll hit some of the highlights for you. Let's start with the personal insults/observations about Chad's mental acuity, and I believe there were enough there to warrant a bulleted list.

• Deters said that Johnson " isn't a very bright guy, in [his] humble opinion."

• Deters said that Johnson's "intellectual capacity was lacking," and that "[he doesn't] understand how [Johnson] can understand a playbook."

• Deters said that Johnson has "the mental agility of a small soap dish."

That's pretty harsh, even for a lawyer. But those probably aren't even the most noteworthy things that came out of the interview. Deters also accused Johnson of lying under oath "more than once" during his deposition for the case. And he's sent the claim to the prosecutors, but has yet to hear back from them.

Now, I don't know if anything will ever come of that, but still, perjury accusations are about the last thing that Chad Johnson needs right now.

I'd also ask you to keep in mind that this fellow a lawyer, and that fact alone means he has an agenda. Not all lawyers have the integrity of Michael Clayton, for example, or Bob Loblaw. I'm not one of the "all lawyers are bad people" type of people, but at the same time, when looking at his quotes here, I think it's important to note that his interests run exactly opposite to Chad Johnson's interests. He's not an unbiased party.

Gracias, FanHouse.

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