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By Matt McCoy
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A social media debate was created Monday when former Bengals receiver Chad Johnson was sentenced to 30 days in jail for probation violation in a domestic violence case.
Johnson had reached a deal with prosecutors calling for community service and counceling but Broward County Circuit Judge Kathleen McHugh rejected it when Johnson playfully slapped his attorney on the behind -- much like a football player would -- as if to say 'good job.'
The courtroom broke out into laughter but Judge McHugh did not find any humor, telling Johnson 'this isn't a joke.' To get the message across, Johnson was sent to jail.
Did she overreact or was she right? The Twitter and Facebook discussion had opinions on both sides. I find myself siding with the Judge McHugh. There's a time and a place for everything. Yes--football players slap each other on the rear for appreciation, but this wasn't a football field, it was a court of law. Act like it.
As a football player, I was mixed on Johnson. I found some of his antics entertaining but he was also an enormous distraction and was clearly a 'look at me' player.
Maybe the sentence was harsh but maybe a 'look at me' guy like Johnson needs a harsh lesson to learn that you can't laugh off everything. If you haven't seen it, here's the video. What do you think?
Jent Heads Back To the NBA
After two seasons on the Buckeye basketball coaching staff, former Ohio State player Chris Jent is heading back to the NBA.
Jent, who came to OSU after serving on the Cleveland Cavaliers staff, will be an assistant for new Sacramento Kings coach Michael Malone. The two were assistants together with the Cavs during the LeBron James era.
"There are a lot of things Chris Jent brought to the table that Ohio State is going to miss, one is his ability to recruit...having worked with LeBron James gets the attention of high school players," 610 WTVN basketball analyst Tony White said. "But maybe the biggest thing Ohio State is going to miss is his ability to interact with the players. I think he spoke their language and they understood that he was looking out for their best interest."
With Jent gone, Thad Matta begins the search for a replacement. Perhaps he won't look very far. Former Duke point guard Greg Paulus has been on staff as video coordinator and is well liked by the players. He could wind up being promoted to a full time assistant.
To hear all of Tony White's comments on the Jent move click HERE:
Other Hoops Headlines
In case you missed it over the weekend, Bob Baptist of the Dispatch was the first to report that Matta and the Buckeyes landed a new recruit.
6'5 guard D'Angelo Russell out of Louisville committed to Matta's 2014 class. If you believe the recruiting rankings, Russell is a good one. He's rated as the 24th best prospect in the nation. He joins a class that also includes forward Keita Bates-Diop from Bloomington, Illinois, guard Jae'sean Tate from Pickerington Central and big man David Bell of Garfield Heights.
Where's the Fog Horn?
If you missed Monday night's Reds win over the Cubs, check out what it was like. Fog rolled into Chicago but the two teams were able to play through it. That was not the case on the South side of Chicago where the White Sox game with Toronto was delayed for more than an hour because of fog. The outfielders there could not see fly balls off the bat.