Chad Johnson, at one point one of the NFL’s best wide receivers with the Cincinnati Bengals, has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for violating probation in a domestic violence case.
The case, stemming from an initial offense against ex-wife Evelyn Lozada, looked as though it would end without the need for any jail time to be served as Johnson and his attorney attempted to negotiate a plea deal.
However, the comedy antics of the 35-year-old – who once legally changed his surname to ‘Ochocinco’ so he could have the Spanish for his squad number of 85 included on his jersey – would prove to be his downfall.
Johnson’s decision to slap his attorney on the backside during court angered judge Kathleen McHugh of Broward County, despite amusing a nearby guard.
McHugh said to Johnson:
"Mr. Johnson, I don't know that you're taking this whole thing seriously. I'm not going to accept these plea negotiations. This isn't a joke."
Johnson tried to explain himself: "I had no intent to make this a joke, because my life is in shambles right now."
Nonetheless, his plea deal fell through as a result, just like his apparent follow-up idea to the Ochocinco name change which would have seen him adopt the surname “Hachi Go” – the Japanese for 85.
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