Chad Johnson, nicknamed “Ochocinco” for his former jersey number, was sentenced 30 days in jail for a domestic violence probation violation by Judge Kathleen McHugh because he slapped his male lawyer’s butt in court.
Johnson is no angel but Judge McHugh is seriously abusing her power. Not to mention that judge McHugh is legally blind due to a rare genetic disorder. Crazy, don’t you think?
Florida’s Broward County Circuit Judge Kathleen McHugh was signing off on a plea deal for the former wide-receiver Chad Johnson, which would give him community service in lieu of jail time.
Judge McHugh prodded the 35-year-old to thank his attorney Adam Swickle, asking if he was satisfied with the assistance of his attorney.
Chad Johnson, 35, then playfully slapped his attorney’s booty, which is common for football player’s to do as a show of thanks.
The entire courtroom found it amusing…except for the cranky judge.
Congratulatory butt-slapping between male athletes has been used to show “job well done”, similar to a high-five or fist-bump.
But McHugh wasn’t amused and suddenly ordered him to be put in handcuffs and serve 30 days in jail.
Judge Kathleen McHugh stated, “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? The whole courtroom was laughing. I’m not going to accept these plea negotiations. This isn’t a joke.”
Johnson’s attorney tried to explain his client was just happy, but McHugh wasn’t hearing any of it.
Chad Johnson even tried to apologize, saying, “This is your courtroom. I have no intent to make this a joke. It’s not funny. My life is in a shambles right now and I try my best to laugh and keep a smile on my face.”
Johnson seemed resigned to his fate, tweeting, “Love me through the good and the bad because I’m gone love you regardless…See you in 30…”
One very interesting part of this story is that Judge McHugh is “legally blind” and cannot obtain a driver’s license because she suffers from a genetic condition called Stargardt’s Disease.
Johnson’s attorney Adam Swickle declined to comment on whether he would use the judge’s handicap in his defense of Johnson.
Swickle said, “All I can say is that we’re going back before the judge soon to try to settle this.”
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