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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- Former NFL star Chad Johnson is being released immediately from jail after apologizing to a judge for lack of respect when he slapped his attorney on the backside in court last week.

Broward County Circuit Judge Kathleen McHugh accepted Johnson s apology Monday and reduced his jail term from 30 days to seven days.

Attorney Adam Swickle said the rear-end slap was just a football player s way of saying thanks.

The 35-year-old formerly known as Chad Ochocinco was in court because of a probation violation stemming from a domestic altercation he had with his then-wife, TV reality star Evelyn Lozada.

Johnson was cut by the Miami Dolphins after that. He played most of his 11 NFL seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals and a year with the New England Patriots.

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