FORT LAUDERDALE (AP) – A contrite Chad Johnson apologized Monday for disrespecting a judge when the controversial former NFL star slapped his attorney on the backside in court last week and his immediate release from jail was ordered.
Broward County Circuit Judge Kathleen McHugh accepted Johnson’s apology and cut his 30-day jail term for a probation violation to the seven days he served since the rear-swatting incident.
Johnson, a flamboyant wide receiver formerly known as Chad Ochocinco, said in court that he’d had time to think about why his flippant attitude was wrong, especially in a domestic violence case.
“I just wanted to apologize for disrespecting the court last time,” said Johnson, wearing a tan jail
jumpsuit with his hands shackled at the waist. “I apologize. I did have time to reflect on the mistakes I made in this courtroom.”
McHugh noted that in a previous hearing Johnson had put his arm around a female prosecutor’s shoulders, prompting the prosecutor to tell him twice not to touch her. The judge also pointed out that when Johnson head-butted his then-wife Evelyn Lozada of the reality TV show Basketball Wives, she suffered a three-inch gash on her head.