BOSTON (CBS) — Chad Johnson, the artist formerly known as Ochocinco, was all set to be sentenced to community service and counseling, avoiding jail time for violating probation for his domestic violence case. However, Johnson couldn’t hold back his excitement, offering a pat on the backside for his lawyer.
It’s a move that may be common on the football field, but it did not fly in this Florida courtroom.
Judge Kathleen McHugh did not appreciate the gesture which Johnson used on his lawyer, so she slapped him with a 30-day jail sentence.
“I don’t know that you’re taking this whole thing seriously,” McHugh told Johnson. “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.”
Johnson replied, “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.”
Johnson, 35, spent 11 seasons as an NFL wide receiver, most recently with the Patriots in 2011. He signed with the Miami Dolphins for the 2012 season but was released after he was charged with domestic violence for head-butting his then-wife, Evelyn Lozada.