Former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Chad Johnson was ordered to undergo counseling instead of serving jail time in connection with an Aug. 11 domestic violence incident.
As Gossip Extra reported yesterday, the plea deal negotiated between Johnson‘s lawyers and Broward County prosecutors allows Johnson to stay on the right side of prison bars.
Domestic Violence Judge Ian Richards approved the plan this morning to resolve the misdemeanor charge.
Under the agreement Johnson, who appeared in court in an impeccably-tailored suit, pleaded no contest.
As punishment, the jock will serve one year probation, complete batterers’ intervention counseling, and pay restitution medical costs to ex-wife Evelyn Lozada.
“The penalty is typical for this type of case,” says Sarahnell Murphy, the Assistant State Attorney who handled the case for the Broward State Attorney’s office.