The former All-Pro NFL receiver was scheduled for a court appearance today with a plea deal already in place that would have given him the ability to potentially resurrect his football career.
Chad’s antics have hindered this once again.
Today during his court hearing, he slapped his attorney on the butt and mouthed the words “good job”, inadvertently eliciting laughter from those sitting in the stands in the court room. Upon hearing the laughter, Broward County Circuit Judge Kathleen McHugh proceeded to reprimand him, questioning him as to whether or not he found something funny.
As he tried to make his case that he found nothing funny and was not trying to be funny or disrespectful, she did not believe him and was clearly infuriated. She slammed his papers down and chose to deny his plea deal. She then sentenced him to 30 days in jail for violation of his probation.
Chad Johnson recently appeared on ESPN’s First Take and discussed the matter with both Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless. Both men questioned him regarding his well-being, and he made sure to let them know that he was and would be okay.
But today’s events may state otherwise.
All of this trouble has befallen Chad ever since he got into an argument with his wife, Evelyn Lozada, last August. During the altercation, he head-butted Lozada, causing her to file for divorce. The couple had barely been married for a month at the time of the altercation.
Now Chad’s career is even more off-track and looking more and more like it will not take off again. With no end to this saga in sight, Chad can only help for a breakthrough.
Beloved by so many for the fun he brought to the game on the field, from putting on a fake Hall-of-Fame jacket to using the pylon as a putter, he has had the opposite amount of success off of it. Clearly, his antics are far less enjoyable now than when he was at the height of his game.
We just hope Chad “Ocho Cinco” Johnson can find a way back into the league.