by Fitzgerald Cecilio
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson has been ordered released from jail, one week after he was sentenced to 30 days imprisonment for violating his probation and playfully slapping his attorney's butt during a hearing.
Broward County Circuit Judge Kathleen McHugh ordered Johnson's release after the former football star apologized for his act that drew the court's ire.
However, Judge McHugh extended Johnson's probation through Oct. 16 and ordered him to perform 25 hours of community service and attend domestic violence counseling sessions twice a week during probation.
During the hearing, the judge blasted Johnson, whose hands were shackled at the waist, for his history of disrespectful behavior.
McHugh also revisited the 2012 domestic abuse incident involving his ex-wife Evelyn Lozada and said what he did to her was "horrific."
After the hearing, a free Johnson thanked McHugh for putting him behind bars, saying it was a "blessing in disguise".
"I had a lot of time to reflect. A lot of time to think about where I've been, where I am now, and where I'm going," Johnson said.
"A lot of people have tried to get me to slow down in life. Coaches, my agent, my lawyer. And there was one person that was able to do it. And that was my judge Ms. McHugh," he added.