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Former All-Pro Johnson released from jail

Published: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 11:42 a.m. CST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A contrite Chad Johnson apologized for disrespecting a judge when the former NFL star slapped his attorney on the backside in court last week and was released from jail after only a week instead of 30 days.

Broward County Circuit Judge Kathleen McHugh accepted Johnson’s apology and cut back his jail term for a probation violation to the seven days he had already served since the rear-swatting. Johnson, a flamboyant wide receiver formerly known as Chad Ochocinco, said in court that he’d had time to think about why his flippant attitude was wrong — especially in a domestic violence case.

Johnson said he was thankful McHugh got him to think about the path his life was taking.