Ochocinco Speaks Out After Jail Sentence

Published On June 19, 2013 | By Tyler Scionti

The drama surrounding Chad Johnson aka “Ochocinco” just never seems to end. Johnson went to court the other week for a probation hearing, but after giving his attorney a pat on the butt, a common occurrence on the sports field but not in a courtroom, Johnson was sent to prison for what the judge said was disrespectful to the court.

One week after the incident, Johnson was freed from jail and ready to talk about the experience. Johnson appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America on Tuesday to address his fans.

It seems that his time behind bars has caused Johnson to reflect quite a bit, specifically upon the domestic violence that landed him in court in the first place as well as to discuss the end of his NFL career. More than anything, Johnson seems desperate for a chance to prove himself again and move away from the negative image that has followed him the past few years. Whether he gets another chance will be a different story.

“Many would say I might not deserve it,” Johnson said on Good Morning America. “I would like to finish my career the right way. I don’t want the last thing to be remembered, ‘Well, Chad was cut from the Dolphins for an incident he had with his wife.’ I would love to grace the football field one more time and to help some team. I’m not injured; there is nothing wrong with me. I’ve learned my lesson, especially after those past seven days. If it doesn’t happen, life goes on.”

Johnson also apologized to both the judge and his ex-wife for his poor behavior.

“I think with me being Chad [Ochocinco], it kind of made the judge feel that I wasn’t being serious about the situation but, trust me, I understood exactly what I did,” Johnson said. “I lost two of the things in life that I love the most at the time. Football and my now beautiful, I did say beautiful, ex-wife.”

Whether Johnson is sincere is unknown, but what is known is that there are plenty of teams that might want an extra wide receiver. Whether that includes Johnson will have to be determined.

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Hi I'm Tyler Scionti, I'm a member of the class of 2015 at the College of the Holy Cross where I study English and Economics. At school I cover a variety of sports while also writing a beat column on the Boston Red Sox.