Chad Johnson was once considered one of the NFL's best wide receivers as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals. Now, he will be serving jail time stemming from a domestic violence case.
Per the NFL on ESPN Twitter feed:
WR Chad Johnson sentenced to 30-day jail term for violating probation in domestic violence case against then-wife Evelyn Lozada.— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) June 10, 2013
Johnson tweeted this afternoon after being issued his 30-day sentence.
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
Johnson and his attorney were attempting to negotiate a plea deal that could have resulted in no jail time, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, but Johnson's courtroom antics ultimately did him in.
The former Bengals and New England Patriots receiver reportedly slapped his male attorney on the posterior in court, according to the Sun Sentinel, which angered Judge Kathleen McHugh of Broward County in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
McHugh reportedly said to Johnson:
"Mr. Johnson, I don't know that you're taking this whole thing seriously," McHugh said. "I'm not going to accept these plea negotiations. This isn't a joke."
Johnson tried to explain himself, "I had no intent to make this a joke, because my life is in shambles right now."
Despite Johnson's apology, the judge refused to grant him a reprieve and his plea deal was rejected.
Attorney Evan Rosenberg Tweeted a picture of Johnson's reaction:
On Wednesday, June 12, TMZ reports that Johnson's lawyer, Adam Swickle, has asked Judge McHugh to reconsider the jail sentence.
In the legal docs, Chad's lawyer says 'Mr. Johnson has been a professional football player in the National Football League for eleven (11) years and patting another individual on the backside is viewed as a sign of respect and gratitude.'
Swickle also noted that Chad was goaded into finding some form of compliment by the judge herself, who told him to thank his lawyer.
As for the judge's outrage that people in the court were laughing at the [butt] tap ... Swickle says, 'This is not Mr. Johnson's fault and he should not be punished for the actions of third parties.'
Swickle says the 30-day jail sentence is 'somewhat excessive' and is asking the judge to reconsider. A hearing is set for Monday.
Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless spoke on Johnson receiving jail time this morning on ESPN First Take, just days after Johnson visited them on the set of the show.
This is yet another blow for Johnson, who has had a rough go of it since being traded from Cincinnati to New England back in 2011. Johnson had just 15 catches for 276 yards in one season with the Patriots before being released. He signed with the Miami Dolphins prior to last season, but he was released the day after he was arrested for allegedly assaulting his ex-wife.
Although Johnson hasn't officially announced his retirement from the NFL, no team signed him following his release from the Dolphins, and there hasn't been much talk about teams having interest in him this offseason either.
Will Johnson ever play in the NFL again?
Serving 30 days of jail time certainly won't help his case as teams may be unwilling to put up with his distractions now that he is 35 years old and his skills have waned.
Even if Johnson refuses to shut the door on his playing career, the cell door will soon be shut on him, which may signify the end of his NFL career.
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