The former husband of Evelyn Lozada apologetically said that he didn't mean to disrespect the court, but the judge was unmoved by his excuses.
Chad Johnson, formerly known as Chad Ochocinco, offended a judge overseeing his probation violation in domestic violence case stemming from an altercation with his then-wife, Evelyn Lozada, last August. He was accused of not taking the proceedings seriously after he playfully patted his lawyer's butt.
Chad was sentenced to community service and counseling after pleading no contest to head-butting reality star Evelyn. The former NFL star, 35, was brought back to court after failing to meet his probation officer. He later reached a no-jail plea deal with prosecutors.
However, Chad ruined his chance to avoid jail time and get an additional three months of probation instead, when he slapped his lawyer Adam Swickle's rear end in an answer to the judge's question whether he's satisfied with Swickle's work in representing him.
Laughter erupted in the courtroom, but Broward County Circuit Judge Kathleen McHugh was not amused. "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 as quoted by the Guardian while 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."
"This is your courtroom. I have no intent to make this a joke. It's not funny," Chad tried to apologize, scrambling for excuses. "My life is in a shambles right now and I try my best to laugh and keep a smile on my face." The judge didn't buy it though and granted him 30 days in jail.
After the proceedings, Chad was cuffed and taken away. His lawyer Swickle declined to comment, but told the judge on his client's behalf, "He has suffered. He has lost everything."
Chad was served with divorce paper by Evelyn after their ill-fated altercation and was dropped by his team shortly after. He additionally lost major sponsorships.