Ochocinco fined $20K for $1 "bribe"

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Ochocinco fined $20K for $1 "bribe"

Post  Cincy Fan 44 on Sat Nov 14, 2009 10:06 am

http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20091113/SPT02/311130065/1062/SPT/Chad+fined++20K+for++1+prank

Chad Ochocinco is going to need 19,999 more dollars bills for the NFL.

The league office fined the Bengals wide receiver $20,000 for flashing a dollar bill at an official during a third-quarter replay review in last Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens. Also drawing the ire of the NFL league office was his use of the word “bribe” during postgame remarks.

NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson imposed the fine on Ochocinco for violation of a rule that prohibits use of abusive, threatening or insulting language or gestures toward game officials, as well as a rule that prohibits possession or use of extraneous objects that are not part of the uniform while on the field or sideline during the game.

In a letter to Ochocinco, Anderson said: “The very appearance of impropriety is not acceptable. Your conduct was unprofessional and unbecoming an NFL Player.”

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis understands the NFL’s stance.

“I think as I told Chad when I heard what occurred, you don’t fool with the integrity of the game in the NFL,” Lewis said. “We’re not WWE and so forth. This is a serious game for serious people. He realizes he made a very big error in judgment and is sorry for it. From the league’s standpoint, they can’t have any copycat deal so they made a pretty firm statement.”

This is the third fine of the season for Ochocinco, who also was penalized $7,500 and $10,000 for chinstrap violations.

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Please, if anyone thinks Chad was being serious, they need to grow a humor bone...

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Post  Scooby01_98 on Sat Nov 14, 2009 10:28 am

I agree that it has become the "no fun league". Every since they started fining Jim McMahon for the wrong color of head bands. I look at it this way, he knew he would be fined. It goes to charity, so is it a tax write off for him?
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Post  Markwes on Sat Nov 14, 2009 12:42 pm

Yes it was an obvious joke. But Marvin Lewis hit it on the head. The NFL takes itself seriously, and everyone knows that - I'm sure Chad more than anyone. And what if it had been a $20 or $100? Is the NFL supposed to still assume it was a joke? I say suck it up. As Chad himself said, he won't be able to go to McDonalds for a couple weeks now.
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