In this bonus episode of Phirst Contention, we discuss the continuing “Great Depression” of Chad Johnson. Johnson, also known as Chad Ocho Cinco, found himself in court again after missing a meeting with his probation officer stemming from an alleged head butt to his now ex-wife Evelyn Lozada in August. Johnson has pleaded no contest.
Things were looking up for Chad. 35, as Judge Kathleen McHugh accepted the terms his lawyer, Adam Swickle, presented. In one fell swoop, that all changed. When asked if he was satisfied with his attorney, Johnson replied, “He’s awesome” before giving him a pat on the rear. The courtroom laughed. While this gesture is commonly seen as a congratulatory gesture on the football field and in the realm of sports as a whole, Judge McHugh didn’t see it as such. McHugh accused Johnson of not taking matters seriously before sentencing Johnson to 30 days in jail. Thereafter, Johnson and his attorney were unable to sway McHugh in a different direction.
These are troubling times for Johnson, a former six-time pro bowler with the Cincinnati Bengals. Johnson logged seven 1,000 yard seasons while reaching the end zone 67 times before being traded to the New England Patriots. It was the beginning of the end as Ocho Cinco went on to have 15 receptions in 15 games before being cut in the off-season. His comeback efforts were thwarted after the altercation with his ex lead to the Miami Dolphins cutting him on HBO’s “Hard Knocks”.
At this point, another comeback seems highly unlikely.
Was Chad Johnson out of line? Did Judge McHugh abuse her power? Phirst Contention SHED’s light on the topic.
- Chad Johnson angers judge, gets jail time (espn.go.com)