Chad 'Ochocinco' Johnson Loses Plea Deal After Butt Slap

Judge denies the former NFL player's plea deal after he patted his lawyer on the behind.
2:33 | 06/11/13

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Back, now, at 7:42, with that dramatic judge in court, directed at former nfl star chad ochocinco johnson. He is headed behind bars for 30 days. He would be free if he hadn't gotten a little familiar with his lawyer. Gio benitez is here to explain. Good morning, gio. Reporter: Good morning, lara. You've probably never seen a court hearing quite like this. A south florida judge lashing out at the former football star. And that courtroom drama landed him back in the slammer. This morning, chad johnson, whose contract was terminated by the miami dolphin is behind bars for something he and so many other players do on the field every week. That winning pat on the rear. A tmz camera was in court monday, when the 35-year-old was making a deal with prosecutors. No jail time in exchange for counseling and community service. Are you satisfied with the assistance of your attorney? He's awesome. You should be. He's an excellent attorney. He did a good job. Reporter: Johnson was accused of head-butting his then-wife last year. He was backprobation. And then, that quick pat. Laughter and giggles from others in court. But the judge was not amused. Mr. Johnson, I don't know if you're taking this whole thing seriously. I just saw you slap your attorney on the backside. Is there something funny about what's going on here today? I didn't laugh. No, ma'am. But the whole courtroom laughed because you just slapped your attorney. Johnson's attorney steps in. I don't think it was done to any disrespect. The whole courtroom was laughing because he just slapped you on the behind. I know. Reporter: It was enough to make the judge change her mind and turn that plea deal down. This isn't a joke. I didn't do it as a joke, ma'am. Everybody in the courtroom was laughing. I'm not accepting these plea negotiations. Reporter: Within moments, johnson was in cuffs. One could say that she overreacted because he did apologize. And in my opinion, he showed remorse. However, the judge might have been frustrated by his behavior, by the fact that the courtroom erupted in laughter. Reporter: Johnson tweeting right away, love me through the good and the bad because I'm gone love you regardless. See you in 30. We weren't able to reach that judge for comment. Johnson's lawyer wouldn't comment on the case, either. But told abc news, he believes the actions in court were misconstrued. Johnson will be back in court next week, lara. And we're all talking about it right here, gio. Thank you so much.

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