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Chad Johnson’s arrest for domestic battery is making headlines, but an alleged friend of his says it’s not the first violent episode between them.

“Chad didn’t like [Evelyn Lozada]’s party lifestyle and it made his anger worsen,” the source added. “He hated the way she acted on [Basketball Wives].”

“He would often lash out at her for any little thing.”

The turmoil may have been a long time coming for Chad, whose subsequent release by the Miami Dolphins was even filmed for HBO’s Hard Knocks.

Evelyn Lozada At the Pool

Johnson’s pal says that Evelyn Lozada filing for divorce from Johnson just 41 days after they tied the knot does not come as a surprise.

“Chad and Evelyn’s marriage was volatile in nature and a mistake from the start,” the friend said, adding that epic fights were almost the norm.

“He [Chad] went off the scale at her once because he was tired of having Evelyn’s friends, like her assistant and stuff, living in his house.”

The Johnsons’ friend also says a group of pals close to the couple were beginning to get very concerned for Lozada’s safety and well-being.

“She told me Chad threatened to kill her one time and that was really a red flag,” Radar Online (we know) quotes the insider as alleging.

“But only a small circle of her friends knew what was going on and it was very hard to convince her to get out of the situation.”

On Thursday, details of Johnson’s alleged mistress surfaced after a Boston woman named Beverly Shiner claimed she slept with him. A lot.

Shiner says that Johnson had no trace of remorse for his cheating ways and made no effort to hide his affair, even after getting married.

Johnson was arrested last weekend after he and Lozada got into a nuclear spat over a receipt for condoms she discovered in their car.

The NFL star allegedly head-butted Lozada, leaving a gash on her forehead and leading to his release from the Miami Dolphins and VH1.

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