Chad Johnson gets 30 days in jail for probation violation

Not since Vincent LaGuardia Gambini found himself repeatedly in contempt has the lack of courtroom decorum had such dire consequences.

According to Local10.com, former NFL receiver Chad Johnson appeared in court today in connection with allegations that he violated probation by failing to keep in touch with his probation officer.  Though prosecutors initially wanted Johnson to be jailed for the infraction, a plea deal was reached.

Under the terms of the agreement, Johnson’s probation would have been extended to December 21, and he would have performed 25 hours of community service.

“You better thank your lawyer.  He did a great job for you,” Broward Circuit Court Judge Kathleen McHugh told Johnson after accepting the agreement.

Johnson responded by slapping attorney Adam Swickle on the butt.  Which prompted the judge to call the whole thing off.

She believed Johnson wasn’t taking the situation seriously, so she rejected the plea deal and sentenced him to 30 days in jail.

Johnson pleaded no contest last year to battery of his wife, who has since divorced him.  He was cut by the Dolphins in the aftermath of the arrest.

The good news is that he’ll be free in time for training camp.  The bad news is that there isn’t, and won’t be, a training camp to attend.

116 responses to “Chad Johnson gets 30 days in jail for probation violation

  1. Last I checked Chad played for 2 teams since the Bengals… On another note the judge seems to be a little anal just because he slapped his attorney with a congrats similar to football with players when they congratulate each other…The judge is lame…It’s not like he slapped the backside of the judge….Haters gonna hate.

  2. So the Judge tells him to thank his lawyer, when he does she rejects his plea deal? Sounds like she didn’t want a plea deal to begin with.

  3. Homemade HOF jacket, name change, tweets, headbutt, butt slap. Did I miss anything? All signs of self imposed stupidity.

  4. The judge sounds like she’s on a power trip. Probably one of those man haters who is relishing the chance to punish a former star athlete.
    30 days for slapping your lawyer on the butt? Really?

  5. The judge needs to take a chill pill. Would she have given Ocho Stinko the death penalty if he had hugged or shook hands w/ his lawyer?

  6. Yea, the Judge in question is being just a little ridiculous here, no? In a roundabout way he’s doing 30 days for the universal athletes’ way of saying “good job”. Ocho is still an idiot for doing that though.

  7. Not surprised at Chad he gives respect to no one, but I am surprised the judge was tough enough to give that pea brain what he deserved. His dad should have warmed his butt when he was five and then he might have a modicum of respect for the rules of society. He is a child in a mans body….waste of talent.

  8. After you serve your 30 days, I hear the Jets need another idiot on their roster. Sanchez had his butt fumble, you have your 30 day butt slap, you’d fit right in. Hey Philbin, nice cut!!

  9. Johnson responded by slapping attorney Adam Swickle on the butt

    LOLOL

    Dude…..is this not hilarious to anyone else?…Dumb? yes…Hilarious..HELL yes…

  10. In other news: Woman hits a woman and toddler walking across the street. Toddler survives. Woman Dies………………………………2 days in jail…unbelievable

  11. The funniest thing about this, is that he will probably save money out of this.. His bank account will actually be able to catch up to his card transactions..

  12. Chad should have never done something so stupid; show respect in the courtroom like you would in a church.

    However, I agree with those of you that question the judge’s motives here. I guess she figures that someone needs to give Chad a lesson and she took it upon herself to do so. I don’t think it is a proper use of judicial power though, but I’m not one for the heavy hand of the law and its seems awfully heavy in the land of the free…

  13. trying to figure out why everybody wanna see the guy go down so bad, like he affected you personally…I know he made major dumb mistakes but its easy for you to point figures when you personally behind the computer is publicize…ain’t no tellin what type of person is behind your screen name…stop trying to speak up someone demise because you could easily make a dumb decision and it gets publicize

  14. Seriously though, I would take him over any of our skins receivers. They are just pathetic, PS. alfred loses his job this year. 1 trick pony.

    #truth#lovemyskins#hail

  15. Whoa did Chad Johnson have the judge from My Cousin Vinny? Because the actual judge was a female judge……PFT couldnt at least put up a Judge Judy pic lol

  16. He’ll be suing the NFL for that slap saying the repeated hits to the brain made him do it.

  17. “So the Judge tells him to thank his lawyer, when he does she rejects his plea deal? Sounds like she didn’t want a plea deal to begin with.”

    this court isn’t an nfl sideline, if you make a mockery of the court, the court will get ya…

  18. And to think that Vinny Cerrato wanted to give two number ones to Cincy for this clown. Thank you, Mike Brown, for saving Washington from another disasterous Cerrato personnel move.

  19. Not really on subject here. I read all the comments and thought they were all pretty good. I’m surprised by all of the thumbs down.

  20. OK, so the article link has a photo… does that mean that there’s VIDEO of the butt-slap?

    Please, please, please tell me there is. I want to see this. And if there’s a close-up on Ochocinco’s face when the judge rejected the plea deal, I’d really like that.

  21. I’ve never cared much for Johnson’s antics. He’s a bore. Plus, he wasn’t even the Bengals best receiver. Ever.
    Having said that, I truly don’t believe he’s deserving of jail time due to a reaction caused by something the judge had said. The judge said: You better thank your lawyer. And that’s precisely what Johnson attempted to do.
    Chad Johnson is harmless.

  22. Chad will spend his 30 days in jail without the slightest spark of understanding about how he ended up there.

  23. How many times has Lindsey Lohan been to court and the most she seems to serve is 2-3 days. Chad Johnson gets 30 days ….for basically being disrespectful! Realistically of the two who is more of a danger to society?

    The Law only works if it is applied equally, and right now we are in a crisis on how our laws are enforced.

    I am not saying Chad didn’t deserve to go to Jail, what I am saying is that when you walk into a court Lady Justice has a blindfold on as a symbol of equal justice for all. This just doesn’t happen and we need to right the ship.

    Money, Celebrity, Race, Religion, Political Affiliation, and News Crews need to leave the court room. We turn everything into reality TV, but in the end all we are doing is trading a system built to protect and keep order for some greek tragedy side show.

  24. Vinny Gambini: I object to this witness being called at this time. We’ve been given no prior notice he’d testify. No discovery of any tests he’s conducted or reports he’s prepared. And as the court is aware, the defense is entitled to advance notice of any witness who will testify, particularly to those who will give scientific evidence, so that we can properly prepare for cross-examination, as well as to give the defense an opportunity to have the witness’s reports reviewed by a defense expert, who might then be in a position to contradict the veracity of his conclusions.

    [there is a short pause as Judge Haller appears caught off-guard by Vinny’s sudden compentence with knowledge of the law]

    Judge Chamberlain Haller: Mr. Gambini?

    Vinny Gambini: Yes, sir?

    Judge Chamberlain Haller: That is a lucid, intelligent, well thought-out objection.

    Vinny Gambini: Thank you, Your Honor.

    Judge Chamberlain Haller: [firm tone] Overruled.
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    1phd says: Jun 10, 2013 12:14 PM

    That wasn’t Chad Johnson in court. It was a box of rocks.
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    No, the box of rocks would have been smart enough to say, “Thank you, your honor”, would have shaken the lawyer’s hand, and would have saved the jive sh** for outside the courtroom, like any sentient being.

    Ochostinko/Johnson/Whatever did not DESERVE probation/community service in the first place. Clowns like him don’t understand anything but jail time.

  25. “U.S. Justice system is a joke. I dare anyone to refute that.”

    OK. The U.S. Justice system, though not perfect, is the absolute best in the world. No? Well, go to some other country and trip over one of their strange laws and you will likely find out what bad justice is like. And if you don’t believe me, tell me one justice system better than ours and why it’s better.

    I’ll wait …

  26. If you actually see the slap (tmz has the video), the judge’s reaction is over the top IMO. The problem was the audience reaction, not the slap itself. Bad day but no reason to take it out on Ocho.

  27. Seriously, 30 Days?

    The Judge Said , “You Better Thank Your Lawyer.”

    He turned and Patted is Male Lawyer on the Butt, and she decides to reject the deal she already Agreed to?

    Classic Case of a Judge OVER-REACTING and making a decision based on Emotion and NOT logic or fact.

    I want one person, to say that this actually makes sense.

  28. I don’t remember seeing where “butt slaps” are proper courtroom decorum.

    He should consider himself lucky he didn’t do a touchdown dance.

  29. iamhoraceknight says: Jun 10, 2013 1:57 PM

    Seriously, 30 Days?

    The Judge Said , “You Better Thank Your Lawyer.”

    He turned and Patted is Male Lawyer on the Butt, and she decides to reject the deal she already Agreed to?

    Classic Case of a Judge OVER-REACTING and making a decision based on Emotion and NOT logic or fact.

    I want one person, to say that this actually makes sense
    ———————————————
    OK, I’ll say it. This actually makes sense. If you don’t have the brains that the good Lord gave an ordinary soap dish, if you think slapping your lawyer’s a** in open court is proper courtroom etiquette, then you don’t deserve the already-too-lenient sentence the prosecution and defense lawyers have negotiated.

    This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco, this ain’t no fooling around.

  30. therealhardt says:Jun 10, 2013 11:51 AM

    how many months until he files for bankruptcy?

    ———————

    I’m guessing cinco, but no more than ocho.

  31. “OK. The U.S. Justice system, though not perfect, is the absolute best in the world.”

    Sure, all those prison rapes the authorities permit to happen are “the absolute best in the world.”

    Way better than Germany, Norway, Sweden, etc. etc. etc.

  32. He didn’t get 30 days for slapping his lawyer’s butt, he got 30 days for violating probation for BEATING his wife. He obviously didn’t take that seriously enough to stop him from violating, and then acts like a 12 year old when he was let off the hook AGAIN. And when you’re 35, he isn’t changing. He will always be an idiot.

  33. Chad Johnson might be a clown, but when the judge says “you’d better thank your attorney” it makes a lot of sense to turn and thank the attorney. Sounds like she either 1) doesn’t like chad johnson or 2) d0esn’t like people that hit their wives. I’m ok with the latter, the former though is a bias that shouldn’t be brought into a court room.

  34. 30 days in jail is too excessive. He is not a threat to society that he needs to be locked away. he is an idiot. The more appropriate punishment would have been to fine him a million dollars. He gets away with his idiocy because he has the financial means to do so. Perhaps taking some of that away will help smarten him up.

  35. “Seriously, 30 Days?

    The Judge Said , “You Better Thank Your Lawyer.”

    He turned and Patted is Male Lawyer on the Butt, and she decides to reject the deal she already Agreed to?

    Classic Case of a Judge OVER-REACTING and making a decision based on Emotion and NOT logic or fact.

    I want one person, to say that this actually makes sense.”

    since the original charge was assaulting a woman, gets probation, then he violates probation, then gets a sweet plea deal and screws it up by acting like a dumbass…ya – I’d say it is fine with me and makes sense…

  36. Talk about over-reacting. I’m with horaceknight on this one. If it wasn’t Chad Johnson and people looked at this objectively they’d be horrified.

  37. He smacked his lawyer on the butt only AFTER the judge told him how fortunate he was to have him. Seems to me Johnson was trying to prove to her how much he DID appreciate his counsel.

    Anyway, Chad Johnson is behind bars. What a relief. Forget the Ariel Castros of the world, a real menace to society is in custody!

  38. That judge needs to be replaced. What an idiot. A deal was reached. Her job is to facilitate the agreement & keep her personal opinion out of it as a judge. Total publicity grab.

  39. Is this not how NFL players display appreciation of a job well done? I would never smack a dude there however; I understand the action. Would a male judge have induced the same punishment for this action? I don’t think so…

    This was a funny story and he is a nut bol. hahahah!

  40. You’re in courtroom, not on a football field, or in a locker room. There’s a time and a place for everything. You don’t pat your attorney on the butt, or give high fives while in front of a judge. Especially on a domestic violence issue.

  41. To all those attempting to defend Mr. Ocho Cinqo, remember:

    1. The original purpose of the hearing was to deliver a verdict on Mr. Ocho Cinqo’s violation of probation terms. Are all of you willing to state that violation of probation terms is hunky-dorrie?

    2. The reason Mr. Ocho Cinqo was on probation in the first place is because that was the agreement arrived at for slapping (or was it beating up on?) his then-wife. Are all of you willing to state that slapping or beating up on a woman is ALWAYS correct?

    3. The judge didn’t put Mr. Ocho Cinqo in jail for the butt slap. The judge was present to OK or reject a plea deal. She rejected the plea deal, which then made the original sentence of jail time the determining deal. Are all of you willing to state that ALL plea deals should be taken off the table? Remember, the court appearance was previously set for determining the sentence or not of Mr. Ocho Cinqo for violating his probation for slapping, or beating up, his then wife. So again I ask, are all of you defending Mr. Ocho Cinqo willing to state that slapping or beating up on a woman is ALWAYS correct?

    Remember, if Mr. Ocho Cinqo had not slapped, or beat up, a woman (his former wife), he would not have been on probabtion, and thus not in court for violating the terms of his probabation.

    Please keep the above in mind as you defend Mr. Ocho Cinqo.

  42. Am I the only one who feels like he did nothing wrong? The attorney is male. The judge said he did a good job, and Chad showed appreciation the way he normally would. I’m guessing there was more misbahavior from Chad leading up to this.

  43. You don’t have to like the guy but c’mon, this is straight bull. The Judge clearly had predetermined what she wanted the outcome to be and seized the opportunity to make it so. A man (or woman) by any other name would not be subjected to the same and all of the trolls here would be raising hell about the treatment.

  44. “looneydabo says: Jun 10, 2013 1:56 PM

    If you actually see the slap (tmz has the video), the judge’s reaction is over the top IMO. The problem was the audience reaction, not the slap itself. Bad day but no reason to take it out on Ocho.”
    _____________________________________

    The judge was spot on. Ocho’s love for attention and antics are well documented. He doesn’t appear to take anything seriously ever. Anyone who has ever been in a courtroom knows better than to cut up or clown around.

    Now Ocho knows too and kudos to the judge for making sure he got the point.

  45. earpaniac says:
    Jun 10, 2013 2:36 PM
    He didn’t get 30 days for slapping his lawyer’s butt, he got 30 days for violating probation for BEATING his wife. He obviously didn’t take that seriously enough to stop him from violating, and then acts like a 12 year old when he was let off the hook AGAIN. And when you’re 35, he isn’t changing. He will always be an idiot.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    The guy was on probation for assaulting his wife and didn’t take the situation seriously enough to report to his PO. He submits a plea bargain that is was accepted, which I’m sure is where the bias comes into play because the courts tend to be more lenient with celebrities as opposed to strict, and doesn’t take it seriously.

    30 days wasn’t her piling on as much as possible for contempt of court, it was the penalty that he was facing before the plea was accepted, and also what is deserved.

  46. Seeing the TMZ video has not changed my opinion. That was really stupid of Chad.

    As an aside, check out the reaction of Stephen A. Smith on the ESPN site. The man is seriously and emotionally angry at Chad.

  47. wow he got jail time for that? im pretty sure theres more crimes committed in the country that should be punished rather than a playful gesture..smh justice system=fail

  48. Henceforth anything representing the ultimate in stupidity should be referred to as an “Ocho”…

  49. Apparently Chad is the only person who didn’t see the idiot teenage girl disrespecting the Judge in Florida a few months ago. My uncle is a judge, and they take the setting and the respect they feel it deserves very seriously. Chad is an idiot – he’s proven it several times.

  50. To everybody dissing the judge – you all raise Cain when someone manages to escape justice, then get your panties in a wad when a judge actually metes it out. Make up your minds. And don’t forget – he headbutted his wife because he couldn’t control his anger in the first place. About time he was punished for it.

  51. I agree with others who said the judge overreacted. Chad didn’t “smack” his lawyer on the butt, he lightly patted him, pretty innocuous. What screwed him were the people laughing afterward, that seemed to incense the judge. To me, it didn’t appear Chad was taking things lightly and trying to find humor in the situation, probably just his way of genuinely showing he appreciated the job his lawyer did.

    Of course, he would not have been in that courtroom had he not violated his parole, so perhaps a jail sentence will help to set him straight and avoid trouble in the future. No one is above the law.

  52. So he is an idiot, but the judge(small j) is out of
    line. He is not god,just a man who tries to administer the law. What Chad did was in jest
    with his attorney. That is none of the judge’s
    business and has nothing to do with the ongoing
    case with Chad.

  53. The problem isn’t that he patted his lawyer on the behind. The problem is it wasn’t the first time he did it in this judge’s court room.

  54. You mean to tell me that the plea deal he got for violating his probation in a domestic assault charge was pulled because he smacked someone?

    Woah, shock face! :-0

  55. I just watched the video of chad in court. To me, the judge showed an abuse of power there. I don’t think he did it to make fun of or make light of the Situation. This is clearly an over reaction by the judge. She shouldn’t punish chad because the court room was laughing. She should have called the court to order. She showed that she had an Agenda. But, if I thought that was bad, what was worst is these people on here bashing chad. You guys need to get a grip or a clue.

  56. Pretty extreme move by the judge. He could have just found him in contempt and fined him or gave him a 3 day sentence or something for that. 30 days is just wrong.

  57. I am not fond of Chad. I think he squandered his career and we can all agree he is a dufus. However, I saw the tape and I think the judge over reacted possibly with national cameras shining on her and her court room. She accept the plea agreement and should have given him some kind of warning about courtroom decorum. He will apologize and off he goes, he will not do 30 days. If he does do 30 days, no skin off my teeth.

  58. I’m glad he’s going to jail. Hope he gets herpes from one of Vick’s former boy lovers while he’s in there. Wish it was 30 years.

  59. Right after seeing Chad go to jail after the lawyer “tap/spank” with the knowledge of people calling him “smart”

    I’ve come to the decision that the majority of people or no one should be called “smart” ever again.

    You want to know why? Smart people seem to do as many dumb things as dumb people do.

    Chad is a possible example of that.

  60. This judge is a perfect example of why women aren’t taken seriously. She let her little ego get in the way of human nature. Shame on her. If anyone needs 30 days in the slammer, it’s her. Hey sweetie, go home, put your apron on and bake your husband some cookies and then when your finished with that, go do his laundry. Your too weak to be a judge.

  61. Chad will become more versatile in prison!

    He’ll start out as a tight end, will soon progress to a wide receiver, and will eventually end up as a split end…

  62. to those down on the judge, remember this:

    the reason Chad was there was that he violated his probation after he was busted for splitting his wifes head open with a headbutt….

    it wasn’t just a misstep in court on a minor crime… he made a joke out of getting a major deal to avoid jail time on a probation violation….

    that was full up retarded and he deserves the 30 days

  63. Oh wow finally found this video. I didn’t see everybody in the courtroom laughing however, that’s just flat out not true. The Judge is blatantly lying. Shouldn’t she be punished for stating something a complete falsehood and then making a harsh judgment after rejecting the agreement that seemingly was implied to be accepted?

    Why is Chad punished because the court employees are immature and can’t help themselves but laugh? That was very inappropriate of them. The Judge needs to check her own people that were making an outburst that was uncalled for. Chad was polite with his responses and even said his attorney was “awesome” and only made a gesture when the Judge kept pouring it on and basically making him feel so uncomfortable that he had to do a physical gesture since it was implied his verbal appreciation wasn’t enough.

    How is she so sure that a pat on the butt isn’t something that the attorney already told him he could do and they have a history for that kind of contact? She can’t know that and she didn’t even bother to ask his attorney if they have a history where that kind of gesture has been mutually considered appropriate. I thought this was a stunning video and I still can’t believe what I just saw.

  64. Ocho Stupido! What a total loser, glad the judge gave him jail time. Let’s hope he just fades away like the worthless piece of garbage he’s always been!

  65. I am by no way a Chad Johnson fan. But I feel this is an abuse of power by a judge. I’ve seen bigger celebrations from people in traffic court. Chad Johnson slapped his attorney on the butt like he’s probably done a thousand times to guys he’s played with over his career….this just seemed silly and the punishment doesn’t fit the crime.

  66. I find it hilarious that the first thing that came to mind when reading that story was the judge in My Cousin Vinny. Lo and behold, Florio uses the pic from the movie ha.

  67. As an attorney, Mike, would you have allowed the judge to throw out a plea deal based on the reactions of a courtroom? If the courtroom would have started laughing for Johnson’s lack of levity, would it have resulted in the same consequence?

  68. Chad’s ‘buttslap’ was exactly that, she suggest that he should think his judge and that’s what he did. It was low key, simple, lasted barely a second, and was in no way flamboyant, he even said something around the note of “Thank you” or “Good Job” to his attorney, couldn’t hear it so had to try to read lips.

    The judge showed nothing but an abuse of power, she acted on an emotional basis from the reaction from everybody else, not Chad. She actually got emotional over it and acted upon that emotion, that’s something you don’t want from a judge. She doesn’t need to be one and those in the judicial system are saying the same thing I’m saying.

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