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Chad Johnson released from jail after apologizing to judge

06.17.13 at 10:43 pm ET
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Former Patriots receiver Chad Johnson was released from a Florida jail Monday after serving seven days of his 30-day sentence. Johnson, as part of a court appearance requested by his lawyer to appeal his sentence, apologized to Judge Kathleen McHugh for jokingly patting his attorney on the rear end during his previous court date — an action that infuriated McHugh and led to her disregarding his plea deal for a probation violation.

“I just wanted to apologize for disrespecting the court last time,” Johnson said. “I apologize. I did have time to reflect on the mistakes I made in this courtroom.”

After leaving court, Johnson told reporters that he respected McHugh for making him slow down and think about his life.

“No one has been able to do it, not even my parents,” he said. “I thank her. Everything she did was justified.”

Johnson was ordered to perform 25 hours of community service and attend domestic violence counseling sessions twice a week during his probation period, which was extended three months, through mid-October.

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