Ocho Cinco Gets Treinta: Chad Johnson Gets 30 Days in Jail

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So we just slap our lawyers on the butt during court proceedings now. We joke around during our domestic violence case that has up until recently cost us money, time, and some of our everyday freedoms? Man…

Yesterday Judge Kathleen McHugh sentenced Chad “Ocho Cinco” Johnson to thirty days in jail for giving his attorney a congratulatory butt-slap in the middle of a courtroom proceeding. The courtroom burst into laughter prompting Judge McHugh to clap back.  Some say that the punishment was too harsh and others agree with Judge McHugh’s decision, I’m one of the people that agrees with the judge’s actions.

Two things you never wish on any human being is death or jail time. I always have and will be a fan of Chad Johnson’s athletic ability. I was even a fan of his stunting or off-the-field antics at times, but he’s fallen off now. His game has declined, his antics have become less entertaining and more distasteful. Chad Johnson seems to vy for attention at any opportunity. Unfortunately for him, this was the wrong time to take such a costly gamble.

This is a clear case of “there’s a time and place for everything”, the courtroom is not the time or the place to do congratuatory a** slaps.

As a black man, I know that if there is to ever be a reason for me to go to court- I must be on my best behavior. I must be a model citizen, in regard to how I carry myself in the court of law. Chad Johnson was well aware that he’s a black man in court, with a white female judge defending himself against a domestic violence case for which he broke his probation. How many other reasons do you need to be on your P’s and Q’s in the courtroom, because that was 5. If you plead no contest to charges, you need to be in a constant state of remorse or progress in front of your magistrate. Especially if you are trying to regain the trust of the public and the NFL.

Sometimes I burst out laughing when people say “Basketball Wives’ ruined Chad Johnson life”. When he clearly continues to make the wrong decisions. Judge Hughes’ gave Chad Johnson a wake up call, because in light of him being cut from the NFL and life “being in shambles” as he said, he still finds the time to continuously make the wrong moves in regard to getting his life together or trying to get back to those NFL checks. He took Judge Hughes’ kindness for granted. He thought it was sweet, he thought he had a friend.

Do people celebrate in court when they beat a case? Yes. Do they celebrate with high fives, hugs, fist pumps or falling to their knees? Yes sometimes. Do athletes celebrate with butt slaps after a good play on the court or field? Sure they do. However, Chad Johnson’s action or mode of celebration wasn’t congruent with remorse or relief in a court setting. Because it was in a joking manner, it wasn’t appropriate(this can be deemed by the judge), and his reputation just doesn’t allot him the benefit to take such humorous risks.

You can say Judge McHugh overreacted (#reacted as NYers like to say) or you could say she got the last laugh, either way Chad dropped the ball on this one.

Was it fair to sentence Chad Johnson 30 days for joking in court? Did the Judge abuse her power? What do you think Chad’s future in the NFL looks like after this stunt? 

-TheSUNK or “the Sh!t U Need 2 Know” is the social media coordinator for SingleBlackMale, he’s also a native of Chicago and a current Howard University student.

 

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  • Lovely

    WOW.

  • Derp

    some people learn, "there's a time and place for everything" the hard way.

  • http://whatyouallow.com/ Wildflower

    I have no remorse for this clown.
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    • cynicaloptmst81

      I PROMISE YOU…I was coming to post something very similar, lol.

      He needs a time-out!

  • Dr. J

    I feel like when people have a conversation blaming Chad for this it makes me lowkey question their blackness. Like seriously, this isn't Chad's fault, it's a perfect example of excessive force by a judge who is abusing her powers. That judge went overboard and we all know it. Then when you have a conversation and you put the onus on Chad to keep his guard up or take things seriously, it totally takes away from the real issue. When I think about that situation and I think of others it reminds me of how judges take it upon themselves to teach people a lesson. However, the lesson rarely is applied equally. If that was a woman or white man, the outcome would have been much different. It was a white lady who looked across the court room and said to herself that she wasn't going to let this negro show her up in her own court room. She could have added more community service hours, she could have demanded an apology on the books, or even give him a day, but she went and gave him the max for his first probation violation.

    He missed a meeting and ended up in jail for 30 days. That's the type of excessive force that needs to be eliminated out of the judicial system almost immediately.

    • thesunk

      I hardly think you can question my blackness based on this situation.

      However, do I think both parties were flexing in the courtroom? Yes I do. I just think the judge flexed a little harder than Chad Johnson. The judge gave a reaction to an inappropriate action in a courtroom. Chad needs to tighten up. There's just no room for those type of errors. I agree that she could've found another ways to punish him like you suggested, but she wasn't obligated to.

      He wasn't in court for smoking some marijuana, a traffic violation, or being lewd in public. He's in court for domestic violence, where does he find the gull to be humorous.

      Judges abuse their powers at times. But in his case he shouldn't have given her any reason to react.

      Saying "blaming Chad" is somewhat offensive to the black men/women that really get discriminated against in the court of law. I've been to court(not for a violent offense) and I have homeboys that have been to court. We don't do any comedy sketches when we get there or try to up one the judge.
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      • Dr. J

        I'm not trying to come at you but let me just explain a few things to you.

        Chad wasn't in court for a domestic violence case, he was in court for a probation violation that stems from the plea deal from that case. In fact, he was in court to determine if he was in fact in violation of his probation. That hadn't been determined yet. His lawyer worked out an arrangement that would end in him avoiding jail time. However in almost all cases for probation violations, you usually get several violations before your plea deal is overturned and you have to serve the sentence that you were previously sentenced to. Point on information, Chad was sentenced to a suspended 12 month sentence. If he was in court for the domestic violence case and the plea deal overturned, the punishment would have been 12 months. So this was strictly about a probation violation which stemmed from him missing a meeting and not notifying his PO.

        Probation violations usually go a certain way, especially for missing a meeting, and they get more severe if you are arrested again for another offense or fail a drug/alcohol test. First offenses are always a verbal warning, second are usually extension of the probation, third may result in up to thirty days in jail but in almost 95% of those cases it will be a day or two before the person is released. That's what usually happens about 95% of the time.

        You mentioned that it's offensive to the black men and women who really get discriminated in court is also a point of information for you. About 75% of all people who violate probation, knowingly and maliciously do so. It's not someone who misses a meeting. It's someone who never shows up to his meetings because his PO doesn't want to file paperwork, it's someone who constantly fails drug tests, or continues to commit crimes resulting in arrests. That's your typical person who is in that situation. It's not a joker or personality like Chad Johnson. To be short, spending taxpayers dollars on Chad Johnson is a waste of the taxpayers dollars. He's not a threat to society.

        Also, the gif you put in the article doesn't tell the whole story. If you view the clip the judge baited him into the situation and then pulled the chair from under him.

        The judge asked him if he was happy with the arrangement his lawyer did and then told him that he should thank his lawyer because he did a really awesome job.

        Chad thanked his lawyer.

        The courtroom laughed and the judge reacted. She then asks him if he thought it was funny or if he thought it was not a serious situation and he said no. Chad never cracked a smile. She said thank you lawyer and he gives his lawyer a pat on the behind and the judge flipped because it appeared she lost control of her court room.

        Even still there's a ton of options that the judge could have applied here before picking the maximum possible punishment for Chad. Like I stated for a first probation violation, this is excessive in every facet of the law. That's why his lawyer is in court now fighting the sentence and Chad may be out by the end of the week.

        Lots of people think they know the court system but unless you really know it, you can't make assumption about criminal court. It's completely different. Accusing Chad of needing to take things seriously is like…

        Ok there's a guy who got charged with assault and battery and does not show up to meetings, failed a piss test and got picked up fighting again and is in front of the judge for a possible probation violation. The judge tells him that he needs to stay out of trouble or he'll be back in front of the judge again.

        Then there's Chad. He does not drink or use drugs, he's made all his meetings except one, has already started completing his community service, and hasn't had any subsequent run-ins with the law… and that's who you make the example out of. That's wrong on every level.

        It's only because the court of public opinion is coming down on Chad that we aren't able to see the equity in this situation. But those are all the facts. At this point, everyone is welcome to think what they want.

        • Dr. J

          As an additional point of reference:

          1) Gucci Mane just got out of jail after being locked up for 30 days for violating his probation. He's been on probation forever and this was the 4th or 5th time since the last time he got put on probation he was in front of a judge for a possible violation. Gucci told the judge, "Fuck you" and called her a "bitch." He got 30 days for that.
          2) Lindsay Lohan violated her parole 6-7 times before she had to serve 30 days in jail. She was only in jail for 6 hours.
          3) Bobby Brown had 3-4 violations of his parole before he was sent to jail. He served 3 days before he was released from jail.

          Those are just a few examples of what typically happens to people who commit real crimes. Not someone who is presumed to be joking around in a courtroom (despite that being only perception).

        • Dr. J

          Correction those were probation violations for Bobby and Lindsay, not parole. When you violate your parole you have to serve the remainder of your sentence.

        • http://www.singleblackmale.org/author/wisdomismisery/ WisdomIsMisery

          Cool story bro. I have two responses.

          1) The judge wasn’t on trial, Chad was.
          2) If you presume that you know the law, criminal court or other, better than the presiding judge, I respectfully disagree.

          IMHO, everything else you said is – no offense – superfluous information that has little or nothing to do with the specifics of this case. If you want to have Chad’s back, that’s your right. I would simply reiterate that the judge wasn’t on trial, Chad was. I – and no one I know – would act like Chad did in ANY court of law. If I – and every (intelligent, black, man) person I know – wouldn’t act like that, why on Earth would I expect any less of Chad?

      • WIM

        +1 Sunk. I wish I could end there, but I can't. Rant engaged…

        First, I assume J is playing devil's advocate, or at least I hope he is, because I really don't understand anyone who defends Chad Johnson – in this specific (and repeated) instance and then questions MY blackness for not doing the same.

        The facts are Chad is a habitual screw-up, HABITUAL. I'm all for defending black men unfairly suffering at the hands of the judicial system when it is truly unfair, but I can't state this more plainly: Chad f***ked up. Period. The judge wasn't on trial, Chad was.

        Lastly, defending all blacks with a sweeping generalization against all whites when some blacks, like Chad in this case, legitimately screw up, does us all a disservice. Chad Johnson is a 35 year old grown @ss man. He is a perfectly capable of making grown-up choices and facing grown-up consequences. He has (repeatedly) chosen not to do so. Naturally, you're free to co-sign for whomever you feel. Chad, and people like him, will lose their no-signs with me much earlier.

        • Dr. J

          What other charges does he have on his record other than the one with Evelyn Lozada? Also, how many times has he violated his probation up until this point?

          Don't worry, i'll wait.

        • http://www.singleblackmale.org/author/wisdomismisery/ WisdomIsMisery

          Please see my responses above, sir.

        • cynicaloptmst81

          A HABITUAL LINE STEPPER!!!!!! LOL!

          …who needs a reality check…and a time out!!!!

        • WIM

          Thank you. We hashed this out further on Twitter, so I'm not going to re-engage but I just wanna say this…

          People keep saying "but Chad's never been broke the law, doesn't do drugs (AND HOW THE HELL DO YALL KNOW THAT BY THE WAY?), *insert other thing he hasnt done*" but…as far as I know…THAT'S WHAT YOUR'E SUPPOSED TO DO AS A GROWN UP.

          Why should Chad be rewarded for NOT screwing up. You're supposed to NOT screw up. It's low key frustrating that the bar is so low – I'm assuming because he's a young-ish black athlete – that we are seriously questioning the motivations of the judge instead of wondering why was Chad in the courtroom facing jail time in the first place? That, in itself, says a lot.

  • Streetz

    J hi the nail on the head. This was just an abuse of power nothing more. H said everything. Prior to the head butt chad has no criminal record. Antics in football don't make u a screw up. It's entertainment.

  • Slim Jackson

    I didn't see full video until now. Having seen it, I think the judge took it too far. This wasn't about Chad. It was about all the athletes who she thinks don't take the legal system seriously. Kinda surprised at how quickly that escalated. If people don't laugh, 30 days doesn't happen.
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  • jdoubleu

    On 1 end, I feel like Chad has never been in trouble with the law. FWIW, he's had a pretty quiet life in terms of scrapes with the law until now. Like Dr. J said, he doesn't drink/drugs and you've rarely seen him acting a fool in clubs or doing anything felonious until recently. I get that the original charge relates back to domestic violence. That type of criminality should never be treated lightly. But with anyone else, their pristine past would have been taken into consideration.

    Except he's a rich, black athlete.

    The legal system will never hesitate to make an example out of a rich, black man if given the opportunity. Chad gave the judge an opportunity. I think it was more an instinct as opposed to an intentional, "I got over" gesture. As a grown adult, he chose to celebrate in a manner that's familiar to him; an a**-slap. To all of us, that's not proper court room decorum. And because the public isn't used to seeing that specific action (or maybe because it was OchoCinco the personality), the people in the courtroom found it funny. I agree w/ Slim. If nobody had laughed, he'd be tweeting about how good God (and his lawyer) is right now.

  • http://www.opinionatedmale.com cortonio

    I think the judge really forced the issue, the tough thing about going in front of a judge is to get a sense of the mood she's in. There are times I've seen judges nail people to the wall over a speeding ticket just because they were in a surly mood. However, Chad has a reputation albeit not a malicious one but he likes to be a clown show. And because of his buffoonery and not being serious, he got caught in a situation. Maybe one day he can get back into the NFL, leave the Evelyn Lozada's of the world alone and get his life in order. He's 35 and needs to get it together. I wish him well.
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  • cynicaloptmst81

    Did the judge go hard on Chad? Of course! But WHY is this surprising???????

    Was he still wrong regardless of who thought it was funny? Uh…YES! What adult doesn't know to CHILL on the jokes and antics until the gavel is all the way down??? He's an idiot! lol

    Why didn't he anticipate the possiblity of that kind of reaction (being judged based on EVERYTHING) and just say, "thank you" to his lawyer?! This dude clearly doesn't think before he acts. He's gotta hold himself accountable for his part in this one, I'm sorry.

  • langwichartz

    I consider myself an objective person, and I see J's point in reference to precedence of degrees of punishment. However I do strongly feel like sometimes we hurt ourselves in these instances. If we know the rules of the game, we know that the game is rigged, and yet we still don't play accordingly, then we deserve the consequences that follow. 1. Chad is a grown up who should know that he is a celebrity in the public eye so whatever he does gets put on display for public consumption whether good or bad, but especially when bad. Personally, I think anyone who has to go before a judge no matter the case or how many times, should behave as if they are standing before the most high (whoever you believe that to be). 2. The judge runs a courtroom just like a teacher runs a classroom. If your behavior threatens their control, expect to be treated harshly. I'm sorry J I don't by that "the judge baited him" idea, he should've simply said "thank you" to his lawyer in response to the judge. A butt-slap in a court of law, c'mon son gtfohwtbs! I wish Chad the best, but like the elders like to say "the best lesson is a 'bought' one"!