FORT LAUDERDALE -- A contrite Chad Johnson apologized Monday for disrespecting a judge when the former NFL star slapped his attorney on the backside in court last week and was released from jail after only a week instead of 30 days.
Broward County Circuit Judge Kathleen McHugh accepted Johnson's apology and cut back his jail term for a probation violation to the seven days he had already served since the rear-swatting. Johnson, a flamboyant wide receiver formerly known as Chad Ochocinco, said in court that he'd had time to think about why his flippant attitude was wrong -- especially in a domestic violence case.
"I just wanted to apologize for disrespecting the court last time," said Johnson, wearing a tan jail jumpsuit with his hands shackled at the waist. "I apologize. I did have time to reflect on the mistakes I made in this courtroom."
Johnson walked out of jail shortly after 4 p.m. and was met by his attorney, Adam Swickle, and sports agent Drew Rosenhaus. Johnson told reporters he was thankful to McHugh because she was the first person to get him to slow down and think about the path his life was taking.
"No one has been able to do it, not even my parents," he said. "I thank her. Everything she did was justified," (see full story).
Bengals to star again in 'Hard Knocks'
NEW YORK -- The Cincinnati Bengals will star in the training camp documentary show "Hard Knocks" for the second time in five NFL seasons.
HBO announced Monday that the Bengals would be featured in the popular series, which premieres Aug. 6. Cincinnati last appeared on it in 2009. The Miami Dolphins were last season's team.
The Bengals no longer have receiver Chad Johnson -- then Ochocinco -- as a TV attraction. Cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones was recently charged with assault, the latest in his string of legal troubles.
Cincinnati went on to win the AFC North in 2009.
The eighth season of "Hard Knocks" will air five episodes on Tuesday nights through Sept. 3.
Packers release linebacker Desmond Bishop
GREEN BAY -- The Green Bay Packers have released linebacker Desmond Bishop.
The move Monday was expected after Bishop and the team couldn't agree on a restructured contract. Bishop was due to make $3.464 million this season after missing all of last year with a hamstring injury.
The 28-year-old inside linebacker had 310 tackles, nine sacks, seven forced fumbles and an interception since the Packers took him in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL draft. He played in 69 games, making 26 starts, and was part of the squad that won the Super Bowl following the 2010 season.
Shortly before his release was announced, Bishop said on Twitter he would take many memories and friendships from Green Bay. He says he's, "Forever grateful," and followed it with the hashtag "Pack."