Chad Johnson, formerly known as Chad Ochocinco, has apologised for disrespecting a judge after the former NFL star was released from jail.
Johnson was told he would have to serve a 30 day sentence after he slapped his attorney on the backside but has been released after seven days.
Johnson had originally been in court due to a charge of domestic violence and this act of crudeness violated his probation. Johnson reportedly heat-butted former wife Evelyn Lozada in August 2012 after an argument between the couple.
The former Cincinnati Bengal's wide receiver has issued an apology when he returned to court.
"I just wanted to apologise for disrespecting the court last time," said Johnson in the courtroom.
"I apologise. I did have time to reflect on the mistakes I made in this courtroom."
Broward County Circuit Judge Kathleen McHugh accepted Johnson's apology and cut back his jail term. Johnson was also thankful to McHugh for getting him to think about the path his life was taking.
"No one has been able to do it, not even my parents," he said. "I thank her. Everything she did was justified."
Johnson is currently a free agent after being released from Miami Dolphins following his arrest and hopes that he can sign for a new team.
"I just have to say my next move, my best move," Johnson said.
Adam Swinkle, the attorney who had his backside slapped, said Johnson will comply with all probation conditions as he hopes to resurrect his NFL career. He was at Cincinnati Bengals for nine seasons before a one year spell at New England Patriots.
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