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Ex-NFL Star Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson Gets 30 Days in Jail for Butt Slap

A plea deal that called for no jail time fell apart Monday.

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    Former NFL star Chad Johnson was sentenced Monday to 30 days in jail for a probation violation in a domestic violence case by a judge who angrily rejected a no-jail plea deal after Johnson playfully slapped his attorney on the backside in court. Johnson and Broward County Circuit Judge Kathleen McHugh spoke in the courtroom. (Published Monday, Jun 10, 2013)

    Former NFL star Chad Johnson was sentenced Monday to 30 days in jail for a probation violation in a domestic violence case by a judge who angrily rejected a no-jail plea deal after Johnson playfully slapped his attorney on the backside in court.

    Johnson, 35, known as Chad Ochocinco for his jersey number in Spanish during his playing days, had reached a deal with Florida prosecutors calling for community service and counseling instead of jail.

    Raw Video: Chad Johnson Slaps Attorney's Buttocks in Court

    [MI] Raw Video: Chad Johnson Slaps Attorney's Buttocks in Court
    Raw video of Chad Johnson in court, slapping his attorney's buttocks. (Published Monday, Jun 10, 2013)

    Broward County Circuit Judge Kathleen McHugh said she would tack on an additional three months' probation because Johnson had failed to meet with his probation officer during three previous months.

    It was all set until Johnson, when asked by McHugh if he was satisfied with his lawyer Adam Swickle, gave the attorney a light swat on the rear — as football players routinely do to each other on the field.

    Former NFL Star Chad Johnson Gets 30 Days in Jail

    [MI] Former NFL Star Chad Johnson Gets 30 Days in Jail
    Former NFL star Chad Johnson will serve 30 days in jail after violating probation in a domestic violence case involving his then-wife, TV reality star Evelyn Lozada. A plea deal that called for no jail time fell apart Monday. Broward Judge Kathleen McHugh rejected it after Johnson playfully slapped his attorney on the behind in court. (Published Monday, Jun 10, 2013)

    "He's an excellent attorney, and he did a great job for you sir," she had said.

    After the slap, the courtroom erupted in laughter and at that McHugh said she wouldn't accept the deal.

    RAW VIDEO: Chad Johnson Taken Into Custody at Broward Courthouse

    [MI] RAW VIDEO: Chad Johnson Taken Into Custody at Broward Courthouse
    Former Miami Dolphin Chad Johnson was back in a Broward courtroom Monday, where a judge ordered him back behind bars on a probation violation. (Published Monday, May 20, 2013)

    "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?" McHugh said, slapping the plea deal document down on her desk. "The whole courtroom was laughing. I'm not going to accept these plea negotiations. This isn't a joke."

    Johnson and his attorney apologized several times. Johnson told the judge that the gesture was not meant as disrespect to the court.

    Chad Johnson Bonds Out of Jail

    [MI] Chad Johnson Bonds Out After Being Ordered Back to Jail in Broward for Probation Violation
    Former Miami Dolphin Chad Johnson bonded out of jail Monday afternoon after a Broward judge had ordered him behind bars on a probation violation, blaming himself for his predicament. Earlier Johnson, Judge Kathleen McHugh and Johnson's defense attorney Adam Swickle spoke in court. (Published Monday, May 20, 2013)

    Johnson was on probation after pleading no contest to head-butting his then-wife, TV reality star Evelyn Lozada, during an altercation last August. She quickly filed for divorce after barely a month of marriage and Johnson, a six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver, was immediately released by the Miami Dolphins. He didn't play at all last season.

    "This is your courtroom. I have no intent to make this a joke. It's not funny," Johnson said. "My life is in a shambles right now and I try my best to laugh and keep a smile on my face."

    But McHugh, who could have given Johnson up to a year in jail, was not moved.

    "It's not the first time he's behaved that way in my courtroom," she said.

    Johnson then was handcuffed and taken to jail. Swickle declined comment on whether he would seek a reduced sentence.

    Johnson has been undergoing therapy aimed at helping people involved in domestic violence but has not signed with another NFL team. He said in court Monday he hoped that would change in the upcoming football season, but now faces another setback.

    "He has suffered. He has lost everything," Swickle told the judge.

    Johnson, whose best playing days were with the Cincinnati Bengals, caught 766 passes for more than 11,000 yards and 67 touchdowns during his career. He also played for the New England Patriots.

    Lozada stars on VH-1's"Basketball Wives" TV show. She was previously engaged to ex-NBA star Antoine Walker, who played for the Miami Heat, Boston Celtics and other teams, and was a star on the University of Kentucky's 1996 national championship team.