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Chad Johnson Seeks Cut In 30-Day Fla. Jail Term

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(Photo by Broward County Sheriff's Office via Getty Images)

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Former NFL star Chad Johnson is hoping to persuade a South Florida judge to reduce a 30-day jail sentence imposed after Johnson slapped his attorney on the backside in court.

A hearing was set Monday morning before Broward County Circuit Judge Kathleen McHugh. Johnson’s attorney Adam Swickle said the rear-end slap was not disrespect but was a football player’s way of saying thanks.

McHugh sent the 35-year-old formerly known as Chad Ochocinco to jail last week. Johnson was in court because of a probation violation stemming from a domestic altercation he had with his then-wife, TV reality star Evelyn Lozada.

Johnson was cut by the Miami Dolphins after that altercation. He played most of his 11 NFL seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals and a year with the New England Patriots.

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