TODAY | June 18, 2013
>> thank you. chad johnson is a freeman this morning after a judge shortened his 30-day jail term for slapping his lawyer on the backside in open court . here's mark potter with the story.
>> reporter: after a week in jail he came back to face the judge and seemed most contrite.
>> i wanted to apologize for disrespecting your courtroom.
>> reporter: earlier this month, the former nfl player angered the broward county circuit court judge.
>> is there something funny about what's going on here today.
>> during a probation hearing for a violence hearing against his former wife, he slapped his attorney on the backside.
>> i'm going to accept the plea negotiation.
>> reporter: she sentenced him to 30 days in jail but after his apology on monday let him go but gave him a lecture.
>> in my opinion you threw that gift away. i find that that's an arrogant disregard for a court order but in the end she softened.
>> you appear to be contrite and sincere in your apology.
>> once again free he praised the judge. i love her to death but what she has been is a blessing in disguise .
>> a blessing he says for actually giving him time to reflect. for today, mark potter , nbc news, miami.