After apology, Johnson released from jail

By on June 18, 2013

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Chad Johnson waits to appear before Broward County Circuit Judge Kathleen McHugh Monday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Johnson apologized for disrespecting the judge when he slapped his attorney on the backside in court last week, and his immediate release from jail was ordered.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Former NFL star Chad Johnson is being released immediately from jail after apologizing to a judge for lack of respect when he slapped his attorney on the backside in court last week.

Broward County Circuit Judge Kathleen McHugh accepted Johnson’s apology Monday and reduced his jail term from 30 days to seven days. Attorney Adam Swickle said the rear-end slap was just a football player’s way of saying thanks.

Chad Johnson apologizes to a Florida judge for disrespecting her after smacking his lawyer's rear-end in court last week.

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Chad Johnson apologizes to a Florida judge for disrespecting her after smacking his lawyer’s rear-end in court last week.

RELATED: CHAD JOHNSON BUSTED FOR PROBATION VIOLATIONS

The 35-year-old formerly known as Chad Ochocinco 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. He played most of his 11 NFL seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals and a year with the New England Patriots.


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