“It Was The Best Thing That Could Have Happened To Me” Chad Talks His 7 Day Jail Sentence With Robin Roberts

June 18, 2013  |  

I doubt any of us were really feeling sorry for Chad “OchoCinco” Johnson being sentenced to 30 days in jail. Even though we could argue that the sentencing didn’t fit the probation violation and the butt slap, he’s done enough to warrant a little sit down. And judging by his interview on today’s “Good Morning America” interview, Chad seems to agree.

In his interview with Robin Roberts, he said that the seven days he spent in jail were just what he needed. In fact, he called it “one of the best things that’s ever happened to me.”

On the judge’s sentencing and whether he thought it was fair

“I think that Judge McHugh was able to get me do something many people have tried to get me to do for a long time: slow down, just at life in general. She was able to get me to do that. maybe not in the best circumstances for those on the outside but I see being able to sit down and think about life and where I’m going from this point was probably one of the best things that could happen to me right now.”

What he’s learned from the situation

“Usually, situations like this break people…but I wouldn’t allow anything to break me. I going to be my same positive self.  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. I lost two of the things in life that I loved the most at the time. Football and my now beautiful, I did say beautiful, ex-wife.”

On playing football again

“I think everyone deserves a second chance. Many would say I might not deserve it. I would like to finish my career off the right way. I don’t want the last thing to be remembered you know, 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 find it very interesting that Chad does this interview the day pictures of Evelyn from the almost year-old domestic violence incident are released. Tres bizarre. And the emphasis on the word beautiful was oddly interesting as well. It’s clear Chad is trying to rebuild, professionally in the eyes of the NFL as well as in the eyes of the public. Just like Robin said, we’ll certainly be watching to see what happens to this character. You never know how the cookie will crumble.

Watch the full interview on the next page.

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