Former NFL star Chad ‘Ochocinco’ Johnson was sentenced Monday to 30 days in jail for a probation violation in a domestic violence case (with his ex-wife Evelyn Lozada) by a judge who angrily rejected a no-jail plea deal after Ocho playfully slapped his attorney on the backside in court. According to the Associated Press, Ochocinco had reached a deal with prosecutors calling for community service and counseling instead of jail. Broward County Circuit Judge Kathleen McHugh said she would tack on an additional three months’ probation because Johnson had failed to meet with his probation officer during three previous months. It was all set until Ocho, when asked by the judge if he was satisfied with his lawyer Adam Swickle, gave the attorney a light smack on his booty — as football players routinely do to each other on the field. The courtroom erupted in laughter and at that the judge said she wouldn’t accept the deal.
“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.”
Ocho then tried to apologize and insisted he meant no disrespect.
This is your courtroom. I have no intent to make this a joke. It’s not funny. My life is in a shambles right now and I try my best to laugh and keep a smile on my face.
Unfortunately, the judge was not moved. Ocho then was handcuffed and hauled away to jail. Somehow or another, Ocho was on twitter an hour ago and tweeted the following message:
Love me through the good and the bad because I’m gone love you regardless… See you in 30…