Just when folks were ready to give “Ochocinco” a second chance, he was sentenced to 30 days in jail today for playing around in court. Former football star, Chad Johnson has been on probation since his domestic violence drama with ex-wife Evelyn Lozada last year, and after a few missed check-ins, a warrant was issued for his arrest back in May. Hisattorney was hoping to cop a plea deal today so that he could avoid jail time, however, he messed that up when he thought it would be funny to slap his attorney on the butt in court. [Who does that???] Judge Kathleen McHugh was not amused and rejected the plea deal while also extending his probation by three months. She said:
I don’t know that you’re taking this whole thing seriously. 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.
Chad apologized while telling the judge:
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.
His apology was not accepted. Although Chad’s attorney told the judge, “He has suffered. He has lost everything,” he was still handcuffed and hauled away to jail.
Just last week, Chad stopped by ESPN’s First Take to explain why he violated his probation and while there, he also expressed that he wanted one more chance to play in the NFL so that he could go out the right way. He told Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless:
It was a miscommunication with my P.O. His back was against the wall and not being able to reach me at that point. I had no choice. I went to court and I had to deal with the consequences. I’ve been clean since the incident with him and I meeting for 6-months straight. It got to the point where I didn’t have to go in and the way for him to reach me, there was a miscommunication between it. I’ve been clean for a very long time. I messed up. I made a mistake. I apologized, I did my time. I did everything I had to do. I go to court Monday and I’m done with everything. Finished. I’m going to be OK. I’m OK now, but I put myself in this situation and I have to deal with everything. With life, I’m at peace with everything. I would love to finish my career off the right way. If it happens, I’m not sure. But I would like to.
[…]I lost the game that I loved and played for years. I’ve never been in any trouble before. Outside of the suits, the desk, and ESPN, man it’s real life out there. And sometimes we try to live perfect. I’m not. I messed up.I created the fun. I created the excitement. That circus they talk about is gone. I don’t have anything right now. Me and my kids. Just one year. Let me go out the right way, that’s all.
When word got back to Stephen A. Smith today about Chad’s courtroom fiasco just days after they had talked, Stephen went all the way in while expressing how disappointed he was:
I can’t even put into words how disgusted I am right now at this man. This guy is out of the NFL right now because of his mouth, because of his absence of discipline, because he took things for granted. This show has been incredibly fair to this man, and you do the kind of stuff that you do, I can’t express how ticked off I am right now. You slap your attorney on the behind playfully in court? You are a BLACK MAN in court for headbutting your wife. A female judge is preceding over a case where you allegedly headbutted a female that just happened to be your wife, and you don’t have the common sense to know that you do not need to be in court playful about anything?? It doesn’t occur to you?
What is wrong with him? I don’t get it. I don’t understand it and it doesn’t make sense to me. All I know is this, you are officially a statistic for the next 30 days […] If that ain’t the height of idiocy, I don’t know what is […] “I don’t want to even say anything else. I’m scared of what else I’m gon’ say.”
The guys went on to talk about how he once had the potential to make the NFL Hall of Fame.