Sports
by Reggie Noble on December 26, 2012

Chad Johnson acknowledges … a sex tape which appears to feature the former NFL star — along with TWO female friends — is REAL … but Chad insists he never wanted the footage to go public.

Sources close to Johnson … ha, Johnson … tell TMZ the tape was shot roughly 3 years ago in a hotel room in Florida.

We're told Chad has no idea how the tape leaked to the Internet … but insists he wasn't behind it  … and now he's exploring his legal options in hopes of having the tape removed from the web ASAP.

Of course he is. He’d hate to be overexposed.

And that’s reason No. 282,291 why it’s good to be a professional athlete.

[H/T: TMZ]