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‘A Blessing’: Chad Ochocinco Pays Up Fan’s Rent to Keep Her From Being Evicted

Former football wide receiver Chad Johnson, also known as Chad Ochocinco, gifted a fan with several months of free rent after she told him she may get evicted, and other fans have expressed their excitement over the news.

The fan and renter, Kelly Janay, took to Twitter to ask the player for a favor. In a now-deleted tweet she said, “you always blessing people.. I know this is a stretch but I need help with my rent, I haven’t paid this month and if I don’t pay today I’m being threatened to be evicted, can you please help??

Carmel, Indiana – March 22: Chad Ochocinco surprises customers with Reebok ZigTech apparel at Dick’s Sporting Goods on March 22, 2011, in Carmel, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/WireImage for Reebok)

The former athlete responded in a now-deleted tweet, “Show me today’s deadline notice & we’ll handle it!!”

Chad Johnson responds to Kelly Janay about paying her rent. @ochocinco/Twitter

Janay responded, “I didn’t think you would actually respond.” She then provided Johnson screenshots of her eviction notices as well as text messages between her and her apartment property landlord. The messages confirmed she was three weeks late on her rent.

After receiving the messages, Johnson told the woman to direct message him with her Zelle account and he would be happy to pay her rent a few months in advance.

Fans took to the ‘Gram to express how they felt about Johnson’s good deed.

One user said, “A blessing.”

Another user commented,”🙏🏾😭👏🏾 the positivity I needed to see, I’m literally in tears for her🧡.”

A third user jokingly said, “Chad they about to put me in jail for my student loans.. help me out.”

The NFL legend has a history of helping people with their financial burdens. According to Ebony Magazine, the football star helped a fan last year in a similar predicament. Chris Olivas, a fan from San Marcos, Texas, vented to Johnson about potentially being evicted because he did not have enough money to pay his rent.

Chad Johnson pays a Texas native’s rent in full. @ochocinco/Twitter

Johnson paid his rent in full and Olivas shared the $1,500.07 receipt Johnson sent him on Twitter. The Texas native thanked Johnson, and told him he owes Johnson his life.

In addition to paying rent for his fans, Johnson also took care of a local waitress last year. He gifted the waitress with a $209 tip simply because he ran 209 yards in a game in 2007. He captioned the photo with Proverbs 11:25.

Chad Johnson leaves a $209 tip for a waitress. @ochocinco/Twitter

The Bible verse says, “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”

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