Chad Johnson — Will Be RELEASED from Jail Today

Breaking News 0610_chad_ochocinco_tmz_4Chad Johnson will be a free man TODAY … because the judge who sent his ass to jail has agreed to release the former NFL star, 1 week after the infamous butt slap.

Johnson appeared in a Florida courtroom today … where he faced off with Judge McHugh — the judge who tore him a new one after he slapped his attorney”s ass in open court during last week”s hearing.

Johnson was brought into the courtroom wearing handcuffs … and from the moment the hearing began, the judge blasted Chad for his history of disrespectful behavior.

But after the scolding, the judge agreed to release Johnson today — but extended his probation by one month … meaning he won”t be in the clear until October 16.

During today”s hearing, the judge also revisited the 2012 domestic abuse incident involving his ex-wife Evelyn Lozada — and said what he did to her was “horrific.”

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