But McHugh, who could have given Johnson up to a year in jail, was not moved.
“It’s not the first time he’s behaved that way in my courtroom,” she said.
Johnson then was handcuffed and hauled away to jail. Swickle declined comment on whether he would ask the judge to reduce her sentence.
Hours later, Johnson sent out a tweet on his verified Twitter account: “Love me through the good and the bad because I’m gone love you regardless … See you in 30.”
Johnson has been undergoing therapy aimed at helping people involved in domestic violence but has not signed with another NFL team. He said in court Monday he hoped that would change in the upcoming football season, but now faces another setback.
“He has suffered. He has lost everything,” Swickle told the judge.
Johnson, whose best playing days were with the Cincinnati Bengals, caught 766 passes for more than 11,000 yards and 67 touchdowns during his career. He also played for the New England Patriots.
Lozada stars on VH-1’s”Basketball Wives” TV show. She was previously engaged to ex-NBA star Antoine Walker, who played for the Miami Heat, Boston Celtics and other teams, and was a star on the University of Kentucky’s 1996 national championship team.
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