MIAMI (AP) — The backside pat former NFL star Chad Johnson gave his lawyer in court was not meant as disrespect to a judge and certainly wasn’t something that warrants a 30-day jail sentence, the attorney said Tuesday in a motion seeking another chance.
Adam Swickle asked Broward County Circuit Judge Kathleen McHugh to reconsider the sentence she imposed Monday. Johnson had reached a deal with prosecutors for community service and counseling to resolve a probation violation from his no-contest plea last year to battery on his then-wife, TV star Evelyn Lozada.
McHugh, just elected last August to her first term on the bench, seemed poised to approve the plea deal until Johnson’s backside pat of Swickle triggered a wave of laughter in the court. The judge then angrily said she wouldn’t sign off and tossed the six-time Pro Bowler formerly known as Chad Ochocinco in jail.
“This isn’t a joke,” the judge said, raising questions about his sincerity.
Swickle said the backside pat was merely Johnson’s way of showing appreciation for his attorney’s work on the case. Moments before it had meant he wouldn’t do any jail time despite skipping out on meetings with his probation officer for three months.
“Mr. Johnson has been a professional football player in the National Football League for 11 years and patting another individual on the backside is viewed as a sign of respect and gratitude,” he said in the motion. “It is clear that the court misinterpreted Mr. Johnson’s interaction with his attorney.”
As for the courtroom laughter, Swickle added, “this is not Mr. Johnson’s fault and he should not be punished for the actions of third parties.”
Prosecutors say they’ll leave Johnson’s sentence up to McHugh, who presides over Broward County domestic violence cases. A hearing has been set for next Monday.
Johnson, 35, spent most of his NFL career with the Cincinnati Bengals, catching 766 passes for more than 11,000 yards and 67 touchdowns. He played one year with the New England Patriots and then was in training camp last year with the Miami Dolphins, who cut him after he head-butted Lozada during a domestic altercation. Lozada, a star on VH-1’s “Basketball Wives” show, quickly filed for divorce.
Johnson, a Miami native, said in court he still hopes resurrect his football career. Under the plea deal that had been reached, Johnson would do 25 hours of community service and attend counseling sessions twice a week during his probation. In addition, the probation would be extended three months into December.
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2. Bobby Shmurda
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3. Apollo Nida was just sentenced to 8 years in prison for fraud.
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4. Darren Sharper is currently on trial for rape in several states.
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5. Justin Bieber has had some trouble with the law in the past for marijuana possession, drag racing and a number of other crimes.
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6. Ja Rule spent two years in prison for gun possession and tax evasion.
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7. Joseline Hernandez has spent some time in jail for prostitution prior to her Love & Hip Hop fame.
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8. Nene Leakes was charged with shoplifting in her early 20's.
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9. Chris Brown is currently in jail for violating his probation.
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10. Lindsay Lohan
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11. Wesley Snipes was convicted and spent some time in the big house.
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12. Ron Isley spent time in jail for tax evasion.
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13. Foxy Brown's numerous probation violations landed her in the slammer for a year (76 days in solitary confinement).(AP)
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14. A drunk Shia Labeouf was arrested for trespassing at a Walgreens. The store was closing and he refused to leave. (AP)
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15. OJ Simpson
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16. 50 Cent was arrested on drug charges and spent 6 months in an incarceration boot camp and earned his GED while there. AP
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17. Lil' Wayne served a year at Rikers for illegal gun possession & performed suicide watch with at-risk inmates. (AP)
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18. Ozzy Osbourne was arrested for peeing on the Alamo in San Antonio. He bragged about it & got a 20 yr. ban from the city. AP
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19. T.I. spent 11 months (the last time) in jail for probation violation. He is on the straight and narrow again. (AP)
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20. Martha Stewart was found guilty of insider trading and spent 5 months in federal prison & 2 years of supervised release. AP
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21. Gucci Mane has been in jail several times; drug possession, assault and probation violations. (AP)
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22. Nicole Richie only spent 82 minutes of her four-day sentence in jail for a DUI due to overcrowding in the system. (AP)
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23. Boy George got 15 months for chaining a male escort to a wall (without his consent) in his flat during a photo session.
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24. Lil’ Kim was at the very peak of her career when she was charged with conspiracy and perjury charges. She got 1 year & 1 day.
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25. Michelle Rodriguez has been in & out of jail four times: DUI, hit & run, probation violations, driving without a license.
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26. Kiefer Sutherland was charged with misdemeanor drunk driving in Los Angeles and spent 48 days in jail. (AP)
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27. Robert Downey Jr. spent 4 months in a LA jail and a year in prison for drugs and probation violations. He is doing well now.
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28. A hairdresser cashed an unauthorized check and Mystikal gave her a choice; jail or sex (not legal) and he got six years. (AP)
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29. Christian Slater was sentenced to three months in jail for assaulting his girlfriend & the man who tried to help her.
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30. Actor & comedian Tim Allen spent over two years in prison for cocaine possession (before he found fame). (AP)
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31. A drunk Edward Furlong was arrested for “freeing” a tank of lobsters in a Kentucky grocery store. (AP)
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32. Michael Vick spent 21 months in jail for financing a dog fighting business. He is out and doing well. Go Mike! (AP)
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Forbes Top 10 List of Least Liked NFL Players
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1. 1. Ndamukong Suh, Defensive Tackle for the Detroit Lions ranked number 1 on Forbes list of least liked NFL players. (AP)
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2. 2. Jay Cutler, Quarterback for the Chicago Bears ranked number 2 on Forbes list of least liked NFL players. (AP)
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3. 3. Michael Vick, Quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles ranked number 3 on Forbes list of least liked NFL players. (AP)
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4. 4. Randy Moss, Wide Receiver for the San Francisco 49ers ranked number 4 on Forbes list of least liked NFL players. (AP)
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5. 5. Matt Leinart, Quarterback for the Oakland Raiders ranked number 5 on Forbes list of least liked NFL players. (AP)
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6. 6. Tony Romo, Quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys ranked number 6 on Forbes list of least liked NFL players. (AP)
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7. 7. Kyle Orton, Quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys ranked number 7 on Forbes list of least liked NFL players. (AP)
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8. 8. Santonio Holmes, Wide Receiver for the New York Jets ranked number 8 on Forbes list of least liked NFL players. (AP)
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9. 9. Mark Sanchez, Quarterback for the New York Jets ranked number 9 on Forbes list of least liked NFL players. (AP)
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10. 10. Brady Quinn, Quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs ranked number 10 on Forbes list of least liked NFL players. (AP)
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