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Chad Johnson: First experience with Patriots was like something out of ‘Full Metal Jacket’ 12.19.16 at 2:38 pm ET
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Chad Johnson told Colin Cowherd on Monday that his first experience walking into Gillette Stadium as a member of the Patriots was something out of the movie “Full Metal Jacket.”

Remember the beginning of ‘Full Metal Jacket’? That’s what it’s like walking in ether, man,” said Johnson, referencing the change in culture he experienced after spending the previous 10 seasons in Cincinnati.

Johnson was quick to point out that he welcomed the change.

“It’s not a bad thing. It’s a great thing. That’s why they’re so successful. The way that ship is run,” he said. “When you walk in that atmosphere, you already know. You feel it. You feel it. That culture is [serious].”

Johnson, who had 15 catches for 276 yards and a touchdown in his lone season in New England, said it’s more the vibe from quarterback Tom Brady than head coach Bill Belichick.

“It’s not even really Belichick. It’s what Tom demanded. It’s wha the veteran demanded,” he said. “Belichick didn’t even really need to say anything.”

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Chad Johnson recalls when he knew things were different in New England 10.26.16 at 8:44 am ET
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Chad Johnson had an eventful year with the Patriots, catching 15 passes in 2011, his last season in the league. In this brief clip from the show “UNDISPUTED,” he recounts his introduction to the team, which included an eye-opening experience involving head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady.

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Ty Law, Drew Bledsoe, Willie McGinest among 8 ex-Pats named as Hall of Fame nominees 09.15.16 at 6:54 am ET
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Drew Bledsoe backed Tom Brady with Deflategate on Monday. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Drew Bledsoe is a nominee for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. (Elsa/Getty Images)

On Wednesday evening, the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced that 94 former players and coaches have been selected as modern-era nominees for the Hall’s 2017 class, among them several ex-players with deep ties to New England.

On offense, quarterbacks Drew Bledsoe (who was with the Patriots from 1993 to 2001) and Doug Flutie (2005) made the list, as well as wide receiver Chad Johnson (2011). On the other side of the ball, there were a bunch: defensive lineman Fred Smerlas (1991-92), linebackers Tedy Bruschi (1996-2008) and Willie McGinest (1994-2005), and defensive backs Rodney Harrison (2003-2008) and Ty Law (1995-2004).

However, it’s still a long road to Canton for the nominees. From this point, the list will be shortened to 25 semifinalists in November. Then, 18 finalists — 15 from the original group of 94, as well as senior finalist Kenny Easley and contributor category finalists Jerry Jones and Paul Tagliabue — will be presented to the selection committee before the Super Bowl next February. Anywhere between four and eight new Hall of Famers will be selected.

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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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Ex-Patriot Chad Johnson will serve 30 days in jail 06.10.13 at 12:39 pm ET
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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.

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Ex-Patriot Chad Johnson surrenders to police in Florida 05.20.13 at 1:22 pm ET
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Former Patriots wide receiver Chad Johnson turned himself in to police and was arrested Monday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on charges that he violated probation. His bail was set at $1,000.

An arrest warrant was issued earlier this month after Johnson failed to meet with his probation officer and did not show proof of enrollment in a domestic violence education class. He has another hearing set for June 3.

Johnson, 35, is serving a year of probation following an altercation with his now ex-wife, reality TV star Evelyn Lozada. Johnson, who was known as Chad Ochocinco during his brief and unsuccessful tenure in New England, allegedly head-butted Lozada during an argument last August, one month after they were married. Lozada filed for divorce shortly thereafter.

Johnson was released by the Dolphins after the incident and has not played since.

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Report: Arrest warrant issued for former Patriots receiver 05.16.13 at 5:40 pm ET
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A warrant has been issued in Florida for the arrest of former Patriots wide receiver Chad Johnson, according to TMZ.

Johnson reportedly failed to report to his probation officer, which violated the terms of his probation. Johnson, formerly known as Chad Ochocinco, was on probation following his domestic violence conviction against his ex-wife Evelyn Lozada last summer. If a judge determines that he did violate the terms of his probation, Johnson could face jail time.

In his one season with the Patriots, the 35-year-old had 15 catches for 276 yards and one touchdown.

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