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Chad ‘Ochocinco’ Johnson claims he saw FBI arrest his ‘neighbor’ Roger Stone

Former Patriots wide receiver Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson.
The Boston Globe, file
Former Patriots wide receiver Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson.

CNN reporters apparently weren’t the only ones in the neighborhood when the FBI arrived at Roger Stone’s Florida home early Friday morning and arrested him on charges of making false statements and witness tampering, among other allegations.

Former New England Patriots wide receiver Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson claimed Friday on Twitter that he saw federal officials take Stone — a longtime associate of President Donald Trump — into custody before his workout.

“FBI arrested my neighbor Roger before my morning jog,” Johnson tweeted. “I’ve only seen [expletive] like that in movies, crazy to start to my Friday.”

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It’s unclear how far away, exactly, Johnson lives from Stone.

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According to the New York Times, Stone was taken into custody before dawn at his Fort Lauderdale home Friday, marking the latest indictment as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Johnson, who for a time famously changed his last name to “Ochocinco” while playing in the NFL — so that it matched his jersey number, 85 — shared his insights around 8:30 a.m., a few hours after Stone’s arrest was captured by CNN.

Johnson’s time in New England was short-lived. He was released by the Patriots in 2012 after one season, 15 catches, and $5.75 million dollars, the Globe reported at the time. He later signed with the Miami Dolphins, but was let go after being arrested on domestic violence charges.

Following Johnson’s tweet Friday, which was shared more than 14,000 times, people started making jokes online about how Stone is allegedly his neighbor.

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“I’m way more interested in the relationship between @ochocinco and Roger Stone than anything else in this arrest/investigation,” one person wrote. “Do they hang out? Are they boys? Does Roger call him Chad or Ochocinco? I need answers!!”

Steve Annear can be reached at steve.annear@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @steveannear. Information from the New York Times news service was used in this report.