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Chad Johnson

To Be RELEASED

from Florida Jail Today

6/17/2013 8:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Chad Johnson will be a free man TODAY ... because the judge who sent his ass to jail has agreed to release the former NFL star, 1 week after the infamous butt slap.

Johnson appeared in a Florida courtroom today ... where he faced off with Judge McHugh -- the judge who tore him a new one after he slapped his attorney's ass in open court during last week's hearing.

Johnson was brought into the courtroom wearing handcuffs ... and from the moment the hearing began, the judge blasted Chad for his history of disrespectful behavior.

But after the scolding, the judge agreed to release Johnson today -- but extended his probation by one month ... meaning he won't be in the clear until October 16.

During today's hearing, the judge also revisited the 2012 domestic abuse incident involving his ex-wife Evelyn Lozada -- and said what he did to her was "horrific."

Story developing ...

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1.

Azi    

He was in too long !

390 days ago
2.

Joe    

Overreaching judge...

Submit a complaint to the FL Bar.

390 days ago
3.

Gridiron    

That blurb about his domestic violence is BS, simply an alibi to justify her power trip. Domestic violence is a serious issue but if that's the reason she jailed him, she should have mentioned it at the time instead of making a big deal out of the butt slap and courtroom laughter.

390 days ago
4.

KicksandGiggles    

Folks who criticized the judge think she was over reacting to this one incident. Wrong - She considered ALL of his arrogant, disrespectful and foul behavior towards others even his family. Enough is enough. I frankly would have kept his azz in jail the full term.

390 days ago
5.

The Real JJ    

He shouldn't have been in there to begin with. She started to feel the heat from everyone around.

390 days ago
6.

Patti    

he should have stayed in. Sometimes, wise asses need a lesson.

390 days ago
7.

The Real JJ    

And f&$k u tmz from taking down my comments and not allowing my votes. I hope chad headbutts yall bishes.

390 days ago
8.

Phoenicks    

Now she's grandstanding for a TV show. The judge blasted Chad for his history of behavior - like that one time he.... uhmm..... celebrated after a touchdown. Or that time he.... uhh.... had a reality show. Or the time he responded to the judge asking him if he liked the job his lawyer had done.

390 days ago
9.

Leopold butters Stotch     

He should punch everyone upon release.

390 days ago
10.

Rusty Shackleford    

this judge isnt grandstanding for attention at all!!!!

dammit, that comment is so dripping with sarcasm i have to go dry out my keyboard.

390 days ago
11.

Username     

Yes isn't he on probation already..how did he get out so fast on that assault.

390 days ago
12.

Elsa    

I can just imagine the judge behind close doors with a silly grin on her face thinking shes the big cheese and thats what you get for messing with her... power drunk and reckless.
She didnt even have to open her mouth to tell me what kind of person she is... its written clear as day on her bitchy face. Good for you sister, smh.

390 days ago
13.

the_truth_hurts    

why does s ghetto trash get special treatment? if you beat your wife then made a joke of the trial and judge you or I would have to serve a lot more then 30 days then get out in a week....total BS.

390 days ago
14.

Crackhead    

It sounds like judge McGrumpy is still grumpy. Chad Johnson's attorney and the prosecutor had an agreement involving no jail time. This judge got her widdle judgey feelings insulted and she threw a guy in jail for a week. This is B.S..

390 days ago
15.

hi    

A typical

390 days ago
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