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.
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?