Fort Lauderdale, FL
A judge has sentenced former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson to 30 days imprisonment after he playfully slapped his attorney's butt during a hearing on his plea deal for violating his probation.
During the hearing, the judge and the wide receiver's lawyer, Adam Swickle, were about to finalize the terms of the punishment that was favorable for him.
However, the deal fell apart at the last minute, when Broward County Judge Kathleen McHugh asked Johnson if he was satisfied with his attorney and the ex-NFL star reached back and playfully slapped his lawyer's butt.
The move drew laughter from the audience at the courtroom but it did not sit well with the judge.
"Mr. Johnson, I don't know that you're taking this whole thing seriously," McHugh said. "I'm not going to accept these plea negotiations. This isn't a joke."
Johnson later apologized to the judge, saying: "I had no intent to make this a joke, because my life is in shambles right now."
The wide receiver and his attorney tried to convince the judge to approve the original terms of the deal, to no avail.
The judge then ordered Johnson arrested and placed in handcuffs inside a Florida courtroom before he was taken to jail to serve the sentence.
Johnson's probation was also extended until December 21, 2013 and he must complete an additional 25 hours of community service along with extra therapy sessions.
Johnson was in court for violating his probation that stemmed from a domestic violence arrest last summer.
He had a warrant put out for his arrest in May and later turned himself into the Broward County Sheriff.
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