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Disgraced former football star Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson was about to avoid jail time when his inappropriate actions in a courtroom led an angry judge to throw him in the slammer for violating his probation.

Johnson, 35, reportedly failed to report to his probation officer twice and didn’t show the required proof of enrollment in a domestic violence education class, which led to a warrant for his arrest. The former NFL star is on probation following a 2012 domestic violence conviction that involved ex-wife Evelyn Lozada. He was also required to take domestic violence intervention classes.

Ochocinco was in a Broward County, Florida courtroom while a judge and his lawyer worked out the details of his plea deal that would have kept him out of jail. But Johnson screwed it up by slapping his male lawyer’s butt during the hearing, which caused the courtroom to erupt in laughter and prompted the enraged judge to ask him if he thought this was all a “joke.”

“I had no intent to make this a joke,” he said, “because my life is in shambles right now.”

The judge was not swayed and killed the plea deal. She sentenced Johnson to 30 days in jail and extended his probation to December 21, 2013 with 25 hours of community service and extra therapy sessions.



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