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Chad Ochocinco’s Newest Antic on Twitter: Protest or Precedent?

Ochocinco stated that he will directly pay Mason Foster for the fine Foster received in last week's preseason game.(Daniel Wallace/Times)

As much as Chad Ochocinco has tried to conform to the “Patriot way” he can’t seem to help but grab the spotlight for some of his actions.

First he stated that he would like to move in with a fan for the first several weeks of the season. Now he has agreed to pay for the fine assessed to Buccaneers linebacker Mason Foster for the hit he laid on Ochocinco in the second Patriots preseason game.

While neither of these are harmful to the team, they are definitely unusual and certainly don’t fit in to the “Patriot way.” But while his request to stay with a fan is more humorous than anything, this seems to have raised some controversy.

Twitter Comments

This issue started when Ochocinco tweeted:

“@Mason Foster great hit last night. if u’re fined I’ll reimburse u boss. That’s the way the game should b played. Stay healthy n have a good yr.”

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told Pro Football Talk that Ochocinco wouldn’t be allowed to pay Foster’s fine and that each player must play his own fines. Back came Ochocinco stating:

“@nflcommish Dad no disrespect but I don’t agree with @mason _foster fine [and] I’ll be reimbursing him personally. Please feel free to contact me.”

Protest

What one can take from this, aside from the fact that Ochocinco calls Roger Goodell “dad,” is that this is an act of defiance from Ochocinco against the NFL. While we have seen defensive stars speak out against the rules of the league penalizing hard hits, this is the closest thing we have seen to an offensive player taking a stand.

If you watch the play, there really isn’t anything wrong with the hit, Foster does not lead with the head, it is illegal because Ochocinco was going for the ball, and was in a defenseless position. Ochocinco seems to feel that this kind of play should not be a penalty, and this is his way of protesting it.

Precedent

However there is another way of looking at this.

If you don’t look at the actual words Ochocinco says, which makes it seem that he is sincere, you could take as Ochocinco taking a shot at Foster (figuratively of course). A big hit like that is suppose to shake up a receiver, and the fact that Ochocinco gets right back up after the play and the day after agrees to pay for a fine, implies that it wasn’t that hard a hit.

Perhaps this could lead to other receivers who offer to pay fines for illegal hits to show that they were not at all affected by the play. In a game where half the battle is in the mind, it could be an effective weapon. But, no matter what Ochocino’s intentions were, this is going to draw more attention to him than he – and especially Bill Belichick – would like.

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One comment for “Chad Ochocinco’s Newest Antic on Twitter: Protest or Precedent?”

  1. Unconventional and unorthodox? Yes, but I Ochicinco seems like a sweet, generous guy. The offer to move in with a fan suggests an unspoiled guy who doesn’t mind where he lays his head (so long as he has an XBox nearby). There’s something impressively egalitarian and easygoing about this gesture, no? And his willingness to pay the fine for another guy? Yes, I suppose you could interpret this as challenging the NFL’s status quo/rules. But again it seems like a generous thing to do.

    In an age when a lot of NFL players are out engaging in morally dubious activities–sexually harassing women, engaging in cruelly aggressive and under-handed tactics on the field, purchasing insanely oversized and ostentatious homes in a time when others are struggling to get by–I find Ochocinco a refreshingly sweet, magnanimous fellow. I wish more players were like him.

    Posted by Ellen Argyros | August 27, 2011, 2:05 pm

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