HOUSTON (CBS Houston) NFL star Chad Johnson has patted a lot of men on the butt during his football career but a judge put a halt to it in her courtroom and sentenced the former football star to jail time.
On Monday, defendant Chad Johnson patted his lawyer on the rear. As a result of Johnson’s butt pat on his attorney’s rear end, presiding judge Kathleen McHugh rejected Johnson’s plea to a probation violation in the domestic violence case involving Johnson and his former wife and reality television star Evelyn Lozada.
Johnson was arrested in May for failing to meet with his probation officer and was in court Monday to enter a plea.
Upon being asked if he was pleased with his attorney’s performance, the former wide receiver gave his lawyer, Adam Swickle, a butt pat. Then Johnson went on to laugh; however, Judge McHugh was not laughing.
In fact, she went on to scold the 35-year-old football star: “There’s nothing funny about what’s going on here today,” she told Johnson.
McHugh said, “I don’t think anything’s funny about it, Mr. Johnson. This isn’t a joke.”
Swickle then defended his client stating: “I don’t think it was done as any disrespect to the court. I don’t think he meant to get a reaction from the court room, judge.”
The judge told Johnson she wouldn’t accept a plea deal that involved only community service and more anger management counseling. So she imposed on Johnson a sentence of 30 days in jail with an additional three months onto his one-year probation. Had Johnson not butt patted his attorney, his probation would have ended this September.
Johnson went to his Twitter page to share with his followers his recent demise and court issues:
Love me through the good and the bad because I’m gone love you regardless… See you in 30… 🙏
— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) June 10, 2013
Take a look at the video of the infamous “butt slap” heard around the world below and share thoughts. Is jail time a fair punishment for Johnson’s courtroom outburst?