Courtroom Butt Slap Lands Chad Johnson in Jail

Judge sentences former NFL star to 30 days for joking around in courtroom

By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 10, 2013 4:42 PM CDT

(Newser) – Former NFL star Chad Johnson was so close to securing a no-jail plea for violating probation on his domestic violence charges he could almost touch it—until he did. Johnson playfully slapped his attorney on the butt in front of the courtroom, prompting the judge to reject the plea and sentence him to 30 days in jail, AP reports. "I don't know that you're taking this whole thing seriously. I just saw you slap your attorney on the backside," said the judge. "The whole courtroom was laughing. I'm not going to accept these plea negotiations. This isn't a joke." Watch video of the whole thing at TMZ.

Chad Johnson, center, leaves Broward County Jail in Fort Lauderdale. Johnson will serve 30 days in jail after violating probation in a domestic violence case.
Chad Johnson, center, leaves Broward County Jail in Fort Lauderdale. Johnson will serve 30 days in jail after violating probation in a domestic violence case.   (Photo by Jeff Daly/Invision/AP, File)
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