Chad Johnson apologizes to judge, gets released from jail

The butt slap heard round the world landed Chad Johnson in a jail cell for seven days. This morning he was released after apologizing to the judge.

Hard Knocks screenshot

Hard Knocks screenshot

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 has already 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.”

You have to appreciate the stupidity of our justice system here. Chad Johnson beat a woman, busted her in the head and got a slap on the wrist. But inadvertently disrespecting a judge in a courtroom landed him in jail for 7 days. What kind of message are we sending about domestic abuse here?


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