Chad Johnson Sentenced to 30 Days in Jail

Chad Johnson Sentenced to 30 Days in Jail

Ex-NFL star offends judge during court proceeding.

Published June 11, 2013

Chad Johnson got himself a 30 day jail sentence, thanks to a childish gesture in court.

The ex-NFL star was arrested and sentenced to 30 days in jail on Monday, June 10, after offending a judge and getting kicked out of a courtroom for slapping his lawyer's butt. The incident occurred in Broward County, Florida, where Johnson was in court to face charges of violating probation following his 2012 domestic violence case with ex-wife Evelyn Lozada. A warrant had been issued for Johnson's arrest on May 17 for failure to meet his probation officer.

According to TMZ, Johnson's male attorney was on the verge of reaching a favorable deal for Johnson that would have sentenced him to community service and counseling instead of jail time. Those terms, however, were taken off the table when the judge caught Johnson reportedly giving the attorney a playful swat on his rear. While the courtroom erupted in laughter, the judge didn't find the gesture at all funny.

"I just saw you slap your attorney on the backside. Is there something funny about this? The whole courtroom was laughing," the judge reportedly said to Johnson. "I don't know that you're taking this whole thing seriously. I'm not going to accept these plea negotiations. This isn't a joke."

Johnson attempted to apologize, but the judge seemed to have made up his mind. "This is your courtroom. I have no intent to make this a joke. It's not funny," he reportedly said. "My life is in a shambles right now, and I try my best to laugh and keep a smile on my face."

In addition to jail time, the judge ordered Johnson's probation be extended until the end of the year, and he must complete 25 hours of community service.

Hopefully the athlete will take his incarceration more seriously than he did the hearing, or his probation.

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Written by Evelyn Diaz


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