On Monday, Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson was released from prison seven days into his 30-day sentence. The former NFL wide receiver was sent to jail last week by Broward County Judge Kathleen McHugh for his behavior in her courtroom. Johnson slapped his attorney on the behind after the judge decided not to send him to jail for violating his probation.
After his release, Johnson went on “Good Morning America” to apologize for his actions. He stated that he’s learned his lesson since the incident.
"I think that Judge McHugh was able to get me to do something many people have tried to get me to do for a long time: slow down, just at life in general," Johnson said. "She was able to get me to do that, maybe not in the best circumstances for those on the outside but I see being able to sit down and think about life and where I'm going from this point was probably on one of the best things that could happen to me right now."
Now, that he is a free man, the 35-year-old is looking to get back on the football field. The wide receiver hasn’t played since 2011, but he wants another shot in the NFL. In his last season, Johnson caught 15 passes for the New England Patriots.
"I think everyone deserves a second chance. Many would say I might not deserve it. I would like to finish my career off the right way."
Before his domestic violence dispute with ex-wife Evelyn Lozada, Johnson was in training camp with the Miami Dolphins. The club let him go, though, when they learned of the incident.
Below is video of Johnson’s butt-slap that put him in jail. He must perform 25 hours of community service and his probation will last through mid-October.