Former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson appeared on Good Morning America Tuesday to ask for one more chance to play football.
"Many would say I might not deserve it," Johnson told GMA host Robin Roberts, one day after spending the previous seven in prison. "I would like to finish my career the right way. I don't want the last thing to be remembered, 'Well, Chad was cut from the Dolphins for an incident he had with his wife.' I would love to grace the football field one more time and to help some team. I'm not injured; there's nothing wrong with me. I've learned my lesson, especially after those past seven days. If it doesn't happen, life goes on."
The lessons learned stem from Johnson's incarceration after a Florida judge rejected a plea bargain that would've kept him out of jail following a probation violation. But Johnson slapped his lawyer's backside during the proceeding, and was sentenced to 30 days in jail. He was released Monday.
Johnson caught just 15 passes in 15 games during the 2011 season with the New England Patriots. He was cut by the Miami Dolphins last year after a domestic incident with his then-wife, "Basketball Wives" reality star Evelyn Lozada. He said the butt-tapping was borne out of an athletic culture.
"That's the way I've always interacted throughout life in general," Johnson said. "I know there's a certain thing called courtroom etiquette, which I've never been a part of before. It was a light tap. It wasn't in any way to disrespect the courtroom. I didn't think anybody would see it, because it was my third time doing so."
Broward County Judge Kathleen McHugh ordered Johnson to perform 25 hours of community service and attend domestic violence counseling sessions two times a week during probation. She also extended his probation an extra three months through mid-October.
"I think with me being Chad it kind of made the judge feel that I wasn't being serious about the situation but, trust me, I understood exactly what I did," Johnson told GMA. "I lost two of the things in life that I love the most at the time. Football and my now beautiful, I did say beautiful, ex-wife."