Chad Johnson (Jeff Daly/Invision/Associated Press)
Chad Johnson (Jeff Daly/Invision/Associated Press)

So, Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson isn’t exactly a likable fella. One month after his wedding day last fall, the former Miami Dolphins football star allegedly head-butted his wife. Ever since, he’s been in and out of court, what with violating his parole and all. And there he stood yesterday before Circuit Court Judge Kathleen McHugh. A plea deal had been worked out. No jail time for his past parole violation related to his domestic violence conviction from last year. And then this happened. (Fast forward to 0:55)

Judge McHugh: Are you satisfied with the assistance of your attorney?

Johnson: He’s awesome.

McHugh: You should be. He’s an excellent attorney. He did a good job for you, sir.

In response, Johnson smacked his attorney on the keister. A quick, staccato-type slap that translates to “Good Job!” or “Way too go!” on the gridiron. In Judge McHugh’s courtroom, not so much. Angered by the titters she overheard, McHugh wondered if Johnson was giving the proceedings the seriousness they deserved. So, she threw him in jail for 30 days.

Now, come on. When you watch the video, you can hear Johnson being respectful with “Yes, ma’am” and “No, ma’am” throughout. Even after the butt-slap when the judge asked if he had questions of someone in the courtroom, Johnson said, “No, ma’am.”

Johnson is asking the judge to reconsider. If she puts his rump smack in context and consider the motivation she’ll reconsider and continue with the plea deal. While I’m uncomfortable saying a judge should have a sense of humor in a case involving domestic violence, in this case I must make an exception.

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