Ex-Patriot Chad Johnson will serve 30 days in jail
|06.10.13 at 12:39 pm ET|
Former Patriots receiver Chad Johnson (previously know as Chad Ochocinco) was sentenced to 30 days in jail Monday for violating probation after he was admonished by a judge in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for not taking the proceedings seriously.
Johnson had a plea deal that would have avoided jail time, but when Johnson playfully slapped his male attorney on the rear end to show his satisfaction, eliciting laughter from the courtroom, Broward County Circuit Judge Kathleen McHugh abruptly rejected the deal. Despite Johnson’s apology, McHugh sentenced him to the jail time along with a three-month extension of his probation.
“I don’t know that you’re taking this whole thing seriously,” said McHugh, who noted that Johnson has misbehaved in the courtroom before. “I just saw you slap your attorney on the backside. Is there something funny about this? The whole courtroom was laughing. I’m not going to accept these plea negotiations. This isn’t a joke.”
Said Johnson: “This is your courtroom. I have no intent to make this a joke. It’s not funny. My life is in a shambles right now and I try my best to laugh and keep a smile on my face.”
In an interview with ESPN last week, Johnson claimed that his probation violation was the result of a “miscommunication” with his probation officer and that he accepted responsibility.
“I’m going to be OK,” he said. “I’m OK now, but I put myself in this situation and I have to deal with everything. With life, I’m at peace with everything. I would love to finish my career off the right way. If it happens, I’m not sure. But I would like to.”
Johnson, 35, has not played in the NFL since his disappointing 2011 season in New England following a decade of production with the Bengals. He signed with the Dolphins before the 2012 season but was cut in training camp, after the incident with his then-wife that landed him in trouble with the law. Johnson allegedly head-butted Evelyn Lozada during an argument. Johnson pleased no contest to the domestic violence charge, while Lozada filed for divorce after one month of marriage.