Chad Johnson Seeks Cut In 30-Day Florida Jail Term

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- Former NFL star Chad Johnson is hoping to persuade a South Florida judge to reduce a 30-day jail sentence imposed after Johnson slapped his attorney on the backside in court.

A hearing was set Monday morning before Broward County Circuit Judge Kathleen McHugh. Johnson's attorney Adam Swickle said the rear-end slap was not disrespect but was a football player's way of saying thanks.

McHugh sent the 35-year-old formerly known as Chad Ochocinco to jail last week. Johnson was in court because of a probation violation stemming from a domestic altercation he had with his then-wife, TV reality star Evelyn Lozada.

Johnson was cut by the Miami Dolphins after that altercation. He played most of his 11 NFL seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals and a year with the New England Patriots.


Associated Press Release
By: CURT ANDERSON

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- Former NFL star Chad Johnson will serve 30 days in jail after violating probation in a domestic violence case involving his then-wife, TV reality star Evelyn Lozada.

A plea deal that called for no jail time fell apart Monday. Broward Judge Kathleen McHugh rejected it after Johnson playfully slapped his attorney on the behind in court. McHugh says Johnson wasn't taking things seriously enough, even after he apologized. McHugh also extended Johnson's probation for three months.

The 35-year-old formerly known as Chad Ochocinco pleaded no contest to head-butting Lozada during an argument in August. The "Basketball Wives" star immediately filed for divorce after barely a month of marriage.

Johnson was subsequently released by the Miami Dolphins. He previously played for the Cincinnati Bengals and New England Patriots.


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