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Ex-NFL Wideout Johnson Released From Jail

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — A contrite Chad Johnson apologized yesterday for disrespecting a judge when the former NFL star slapped his attorney on the backside in court last week, and his immediate release from jail was ordered.

Broward County Circuit Judge Kathleen McHugh accepted Johnson’s apology and cut his 30-day jail term for a probation violation to the seven days he had already served since the rear-swatting incident. 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.”

McHugh noted that in a previous hearing Johnson had put his arm around a female prosecutor’s shoulders, prompting the prosecutor to tell him twice not to touch her. The judge also pointed out that when Johnson head-butted his then-wife, Evelyn Lozada of the reality TV show Basketball Wives, she suffered a three-inch gash on her head that required eight stitches. The judge called those injuries horrific.

Bengals to Star
In ‘Hard Knocks’

New York — The Cincinnati Bengals will star in the training camp documentary show Hard Knocks for the second time in five seasons.

HBO announced yesterday 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.

Radio Hosts Fired for Mocking ALS Patient

Atlanta — A station official said the cast of an Atlanta sports radio show has been fired after mocking a former NFL player who has Lou Gehrig’s disease.

The show, Mayhem in the AM, was broadcast yesterday morning on 790 The Zone. In a statement, General Manager Rick Mack said the station regrets comments made about ex-New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason.

The 36-year-old suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. ALS patients lose the ability to speak and move, which has happened to Gleason.

The station lists the hosts at Nick Cellini, Steak Shapiro and Chris Dimino. But Mack didn’t give the names of those fired.

Cellini took to Twitter to apologize, calling it a stupid attempt at humor. Listeners on the station’s Facebook page called for the hosts’ termination.

Gleason played for the Saints between 2000 and 2006.

College Baseball

Oregon St. Sends
Cards Packing

Omaha, Neb. — Oregon State used a seven-run fourth inning to break open the game against mistake-prone Louisville, and the Beavers stayed alive in the College World Series with an 11-4 victory yesterday.

The No. 3 national seed Beavers (51-12) play another elimination game tomorrow against Mississippi State or Indiana. The Cardinals (51-14) committed four errors against the Beavers and 13 in their last seven games.

Oregon State scored the most runs allowed by Louisville this season. It was the highest-scoring game at the CWS in the three years it’s been played at TD Ameritrade Park.