Has anyone noticed authority figures have become increasingly sensitive these days? Whether it's law enforcement, referees, or commissioners everyone has a point to prove. The latest example is Kathleen McHugh, the judge that presided over Chad Johnson's appeal hearing.
When the judge asked Chad if he was satisfied with his lawyer Adam Swickle, Chad gave the attorney a light pat on the butt as football players routinely do to each other on the field. The courtroom erupted in laughter, but Kathleen was not amused. Instead of granting Johnson his plea deal the judge decided to throw his a$$ in jail for 30 days. A harmless gesture turned into a prison sentence.
Perhaps the judge was unpopular in high school. Perhaps she was dissed in the past by a flamboyant athlete with no regard for her feelings. Perhaps the judge just wanted to send a message to athletes all over the country that childish antics a court of law won't be tolerated. Whatever the case may be it is clear the punishment doesn't fit the crime. Chad Johnson isn't a choir boy, but he doesn't deserve jail time for his behavior either. In my opinion the judge invoked her personal feelings when making this decision.
With so much trouble in the world it seems petty to take away a man's freedom because other people find him amusing. It's not like Ocho Cinco was sticking his tongue out at her or anything. Kathleen McHugh simply wanted to prove a point and in doing so unfairly used her position and power. If it were up to me she would be suspended from her position and forced to take an administrative leave of absence. Class clowns get sent to the Principal's office, not to San Quentin. Your thoughts?