Chad Johnson, formerly ‘Ochocinco’ will be spending the next month in jail after being sentenced to 30 days for violating probation after an inappropriate celebration ruined his chance at a plea deal.
While in court, Chad Johnson slapped his lawyer on the rump, as reported by the Associated Press. The Judge in the case witnessed the act, and as a result angrily threw out the no-jail plea deal that was going to be agreed upon in the case.
After the rump slapping inappropriate celebration of his plea deal, the Judge Kathleen McHugh sentenced Chad Johnson to 30 days in jail. Believing the former Bengal wasn’t behaving properly in the courtroom she addressed him with a stern tone. “I don’t know that you’re taking this whole thing seriously. 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.’’
The two sides in the case, along with Judge Kathleen McHugh had agreed upon a deal that involved community service and counseling, as well as an additional three months of probation. The extra probation was thrown in as a result of his skipping a meeting with a probation officer over the past three months.
Chad Johnson found himself in this predicament following an altercation with his then wife Evelyn Lozada, best known for her appearance on reality TV’s “Basketball Wives.” The marriage ended in divorce after just over a month.
The 35 year old Johnson explained that he didn’t mean any disrespect by his actions in court, telling Judge McHugh that ‘‘My life is in a shambles right now and I try my best to laugh and keep a smile on my face.’’ Johnson was always able to keep things light while on the field during his playing days, and apparently is doing his best to do so.
Chad Johnson was one of the top receivers in the league while he was playing for the Cincinnati Bengals, finishing his career with 766 catches for 11,059 yards and 67 touchdowns.
His celebrations on the field were sometimes inappropriate, and earned him many fines and penalties while on the field, and now have earned him a 30 day jail sentence.
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