Chad Johnson will serve 30 days in jail for violating his probation. (Photo by Getty Images)
Former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson has been sentenced to 30 days in a Fort Lauderdale jail for violating his probation in a domestic abuse case against his ex-wife and reality TV personality Evelyn Lozada. A plea deal had been reached on Monday but fell apart after Johnson playfully slapped his attorney on the behind.
Broward Judge Kathleen McHugh said Johnson wasn't taking the case seriously enough even after Johnson apologized for the playful slap on his attorney. Judge McHugh also extended Johnson's probation by three months.
The 35-year-old Johnson, formerly known as Chad Ochocinco, pleaded no-contest to allegedly head-butting Lozada during an argument in August. Lozada, who appears on the reality TV show Basketball Wives, filed for divorce just a month after marriage. Johnson was then released by the Miami Dolphins following his arrest.
The 11-year NFL veteran last played with the New England Patriots in 2011 where he caught 15 balls for 276 yards and one touchdown. Johnson spent 10 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals.