Chad Johnson was just arrested and placed in handcuffs inside a Florida courtroom ... after the judge in his probation violation hearing ordered the ex-NFL star to spend 30 days in jail.
The move comes after Johnson pissed off the Broward County judge by slapping his male lawyer's butt during the hearing.
As we previously reported, Johnson's attorney was thiiiis close to sealing a deal that would have kept Johnson OUT of jail for violating his probation earlier this year.
But the butt slap enraged the judge ... and she took the deal off the table.
Now, Johnson's punishment is much harsher than what was originally proposed -- and he has been ordered to spend 30 days in jail.
His probation was also extended until December 21, 2013 ... and he must complete an additional 25 hours of community service along with extra therapy sessions.
Story developing ...
To Chad Johnson:
YOU'RE DEAD TO ME
5/23/2013 7:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Evelyn Lozada has a message for Chad Johnson ... wait, no she doesn't ... 'cause she doesn't ever wanna speak two words to her ex-husband ever again.
The "Basketball Wives" star had just arrived at LAX yesterday when we asked if she had spoken with Chad since Monday's arrest ... stemming from the time he attacked her last year.
But Evelyn -- who immediately divorced Chad after the incident -- told TMZ ... she doesn't want anything to do with the ex-NFL star ever again.
No relationship. No communication. No nothing.
She DOES say she wishes him the best. Sure she does.
Hot Judge Rips NFL Star
5/20/2013 8:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chad Johnson was just arrested in Florida -- after a smoking hot Broward County judge determined the ex-NFL star violated his probation stemming from his 2012 domestic violence bust ... TMZ has learned.
We broke the story ... a warrant had been issued for Johnson's arrest earlier this month after he failed to report to his probation officer on 2 occasions AND failed to show proof of enrollment in a domestic violence education class.
Johnson's probation stemmed from his domestic violence conviction involving ex-wife Evelyn Lozada last year.
35-year-old Johnson appeared in a Broward County courtroom over his alleged probation violation -- and moments ago, the judge determined Chad WAS in violation and ordered him to be arrested and jailed.
Chad tried to tell the judge how the entire situation was a big misunderstanding -- but she wasn't having it ... watch the video.
TMZ has obtained Johnson's booking sheet -- he's listed as 6'4" 190 pounds.
Bond has been set at $1,000.
I Make No $$$
Can't Pay My Baby Mama
5/19/2013 9:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"At least you're not Chad Johnson" might be something people say soon ... because on top of being a wanted man, TMZ has learned the former NFL star's finances are sinking faster than his career.
Chad filed new court docs as part of an ongoing battle with one of his baby mamas, Andrea Pearson, asking a judge to lower his $5,420 per month child support payments because he claims can't afford it.
In the docs, Chad says he agreed to that number back in March 2012, when he was a successful NFL star. He says he now "finds himself without a contract and without a team. Simply [I am] unemployed."
He also says, at such a late stage in his career, it is CERTAIN he will never make the kind of cash he once did.
The news is a far cry from his money days ... in 2012, Chad claimed he raked in $66k per month. But he got released from the Dolphins in August after his head butting arrest and his endorsement deals dropped like flies.
As TMZ first reported, a warrant was issued for Chad's arrest on May for an alleged probation violation, also stemming from the domestic violence case.
Hmmm ... where'd it all go wrong?
Warrant Issued for ex-NFL Star's Arrest
5/16/2013 11:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
There's still one team interested in former NFL star Chad Johnson ... the team tasked with BRINGING HIM INTO CUSTODY ... 'cause he's officially a wanted man.
TMZ has learned ... a warrant has been issued for Johnson's arrest in Broward County, Florida -- stemming from his domestic violence conviction involving ex-wife Evelyn Lozada last year.
The Broward County District Attorney's Office tells us ... Johnson has failed to report to his probation officer -- a violation of the terms of his probation -- and on May 7, a judge issued the warrant.
Chad also allegedly failed to show proof of enrollment and completion of the "Batterers Intervention Program."
Once Johnson is taken into custody -- a hearing will be set to determine whether Johnson did in fact violate his probation. If he did, it could mean jail time.
Johnson is currently in Pasadena, CA -- according to his Twitter page. We reached out to Chad's lawyer -- so far, no response.
I'm Done Playing Nice
4/21/2013 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Seems Chad Johnson has officially abandoned his plan to win back his ex-wife Evelyn Lozada ... 'cause last night the former NFL star threw a little trash-talk her way ... and it's all on tape.
A well-dressed Johnson was leaving Dan Tana's in West Hollywood Thursday ... when we asked if he still talks to the woman he was convicted of battering last year.
His response? A diss ... followed by another diss.
As for Johnson's career -- the unemployed wide receiver told us he still plans to get back in the NFL ... but says he's got a backup plan in case that falls through.
Warns Chad Johnson ...
Stop Harassing Me ... NOW!
3/23/2013 4:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Evelyn Lozada fired off a cease and desist letter to ex-hubby Chad Johnson ... warning him to stop harassing her online ... OR ELSE.
Sources close to the "Basketball Wives" star tell TMZ ... Evelyn's lawyer sent the letter Thursday after Chad BLASTED her on Twitter ... making crude comments and accusing her of cheating.
Sources close to Evelyn tell us ... Chad's Twitter allegations are 100% false -- she NEVER cheated and if he doesn't stop spreading lies STAT ... she'll get a restraining order.
Not only that, we're told the prosecutor's office overseeing Chad's criminal domestic violence case is aware of the situation and is concerned. We broke the story ... Evelyn filed for divorce after Chad was arrested for allegedly headbutting her just weeks after they got hitched.
Chad is due in court Monday for a hearing on terminating his probation early. The Tweets are not gonna help his case.
Chad Johnson Sued
Head-Butt Arrest Made
Our Coconuts Look Bad!
2/1/2013 12:06 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chad Johnson's head-butting arrest last year reflected poorly on the coconut water company who hired him (then fired him) as a spokesperson -- and now they want him to PAY UP!!!
Zico Beverages LLC filed a lawsuit against Chad in Los Angeles Superior Court today. The company -- which specializes in primo coconut H2O -- says it struck a deal with Chad in July 2012, for him to be a "positive spokesperson."
In docs, Zico says part of the deal was that Chad was to "refrain from engaging in any conduct that reflects unfavorably upon Zico."
Fast forward to August 11, 2012 (one month after the deal) Chad was arrested for domestic violence. The next day, he was FIRED from the Miami Dolphins.
Zico says the incident received "significant negative publicity" and therefore damaged Zico's rep. The company says it decided to terminate Chad's agreement for breach of contract -- and asked for all their money back ... but Chad refused.
Now Zico is suing for damages of no less than $40,886.76.
Chad's lawyer had "no comment."
Reunites w/ Chad Johnson
to Drop Restraining Order
12/17/2012 8:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Evelyn Lozada came face to face with her ex-husband Chad Johnson this morning -- the first time since his domestic violence arrest back in August -- and offered the NFL star a HUGE olive branch.
Evelyn and Chad both appeared in a Florida courtroom ... where Evelyn asked the judge to drop the restraining order that was placed against him after she told police he headbutted her during an argument.
After the incident, Evelyn quickly filed for divorce from Chad -- after just one month of marriage.
Chad has been on a tour of contrition on TV and the Internet ever since ... apologizing left and right ... and admitting he has an anger problem. Chad also revealed that he's getting professional help to deal with his rage issues.
During the court hearing, the judge asked Evelyn if she had been threatened or coerced into making the request to drop the order ... to which she replied, "No."
The judge also asked if she was afraid of Chad ... and she also replied, "No."
The judge granted Evelyn's request.
Sources connected to Evelyn tell TMZ ... the "Basketball Wives" star isn't sure where the relationship will go, but at the very least, she wants to start talking to him again.
In Domestic Violence Case
9/21/2012 6:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It's official ... Chad Johnson will NOT spend a day in jail for allegedly headbutting his ex-wife Evelyn Lozada last month -- but he will be spending a lot of time in counseling.
Chad showed up to a Florida courtroom for his sentencing this morning, where he pled "no contest" to a charge of domestic battery, stemming from the violent August 11th argument with Lozada over a condom receipt.
In exchange for the plea, Chad escaped a jail sentence -- but was sentenced to 12 months probation and ordered to enroll in a batterers intervention program.
The judge also issued a no-contact order for the duration of his probation, blocking Chad from contacting Evelyn in any way -- no email, no Twitter, no nothing.
Chad was also ordered to pay restitution -- but the amount won't be determined 'til next week.
Plea Deal in Battery Case
NO JAIL TIME
9/20/2012 12:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chad Johnson will likely not serve a single day in jail for allegedly headbutting his ex-wife Evelyn Lozada during a nuclear argument last month -- because TMZ has learned, he just struck a deal with prosecutors to keep his ass out of the pokey
Sources close to Chad tell TMZ, the unemployed wide receiver agreed to be placed on probation and complete extensive anger management counseling ... in exchange for either a guilty or no contest plea.
Chad also agreed to a no-contact order that would block him from talking to Evelyn. As we first reported, Chad and Evelyn's divorce was finalized yesterday.
Under the deal, Chad will not serve a day behind bars. As we reported, Chad has been charged with misdemeanor battery in connection with the incident.
A hearing has been scheduled for tomorrow, during which a judge is expected to sign off on the deal and make it official.
I'm Taking Anger Management Classes
9/19/2012 2:33 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chad Johnson says he's enrolled in anger management classes ... to learn how to suppress his rage so he doesn't have another violent altercation like the one with his ex-wife.
Johnson made the announcement during an interview with James Brown on "Inside the NFL" ... saying, " I'm trying to find out how can I channel my anger when I'm in situations to where I would pop off."
During the interview, which airs tonight on Showtime, Johnson says he takes full responsibility for the headbutting incident with Evelyn Lozada ... and says, "I think what I need to do is work on Chad."
Johnson has been through anger counseling before -- as we previously reported, Chad was ordered to complete a domestic violence program after battering a former GF back in 2000.
Chad also says he believes the Miami Dolphins cut him from the team solely based on the domestic incident and NOT because of his performance on the field.
"That was the reason ... there's no need to blow smoke up my ass."
We broke the story ... Johnson officially became a single man earlier today after a judge signed off on his divorce from Lozada ... a divorce he was trying like hell to prevent from happening.
Johnson says he's no longer on speaking terms with Evelyn ... explaining, "There's nothing I can say to her because she's already heard it all ... what can I say ... actions speak louder than words and this is the time for me to show action."
Chad Johnson & Evelyn Lozada
9/19/2012 6:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chad Johnson and Evelyn Lozada are officially divorced ... TMZ has learned.
A judge in Florida signed off on the divorce early this morning ... one month after Evelyn filed for divorce from the NFL star.
As we previously reported, Chad initially didn't want to sign off on the split ... and waited until last week before finally accepting reality and submitting divorce papers of his own.
But Evelyn claimed the marriage was irretrievably broken after he allegedly headbutted her in the face during an argument over a condom receipt she found in his car.
Chad has since had Evelyn's face tatted on his leg ... and insists he will eventually repair the relationship.
Sources close to Evelyn tell us it ain't gonna happen.