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Ochocinco a little lighter in wallet today

Posted on: August 24, 2010 2:38 pm
Edited on: August 24, 2010 5:30 pm
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C. Ochocinco shown here in pregame warmups before the Philadelphia preseason game (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Subscribing to the theory that a fool and his money are soon parted, Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco has been fined $25,000 for violating the NFL’s policy on social media during last Saturday’s exhibition with the Eagles.

According to NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora, Ochocinco actually violated two NFL rules: possession of an electronic device and posting messages on a social networking site during a game.

It's not a surprising move, as Andy wrote here minutes after Ochocinco’s violation.

The policy states a player is prohibited from using social media 90 minutes before the game until after the postgame media session is complete.

The game Saturday began at 8:07 p.m., and Ochocinco had a post at 6:50 (“Just talk with Kelly Washington , DeSean Jackson, Geoff Pope, Hank Baskett and I caught a ball from Mike Vick, I love prw-game warm up”) and at 9:53 p.m. during the game (“Man Im sick of getting hit like that , its the damn preseason s---! 1day I'm gone jump up and start throwing hay makers , #Tylenolplease”).

You can see the offending remarks on his Twitter page here .

Ochocinco, of course, knew he was going to take a fine from the NFL. In fact, I think he takes pride in it. For what reason? I don’t know. To be a so-called “rebel?” To show people how much money he’s got? To prove that he’s some kind of happy-go-lucky man-child?

Not to say that Ochocinco isn’t generous or charitable – because I know that he is – but it would be nice that instead of being so outlandish in breaking the NFL rules (and paying the exorbitant fees that come with it) he would donate that money to somebody who really needs it.

UPDATE (2:55 p.m.):
And just because we're already knee-deep in Ochocinco's ridiculousness, check out this link from the Cincinnati Business CourierOchocinco is launching (yep, you guessed it) his own cereal. I'll leave it at that.

UPDATE (5:30 p.m.): Ochocinco has Tweeted about his fine: "Dear NFL I apologize for tweeting during the game but that was 2 monthsof my Bugatti payments you just took from me,I won't do it again."

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Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: August 25, 2010 1:22 pm
 

Ochocinco a little lighter in wallet today

So if those fines go to charity are they tax deductible??For the league, yes.  For the player, no.

Technically, the player pays the fine to the league.  Then the league makes the donation to the charity they have on file.  So it's the league that 'legally' is the one making the donation (and thus getting the tax write-off).  Which, of course, is a great deal for the league... being able to write off a charitable donation that essentially was someone else's money to begin with.  I'm willing to bet they don't pass the savings back down to the player :) 



Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: August 25, 2010 10:37 am
 

Ochocinco a little lighter in wallet today

The rules clearly state that an NFL player is prohibited from using electronic devices during a game. If your job says you cannot use your cell phone while on the clock, are you going to do it anyway? Will you state that this is a free country, and youre not hurting anyone? Ochocinco pays a $25,000 fine. You, most likely, would get fired.



Since: Jul 25, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2010 1:20 am
 

Ochocinco a little lighter in wallet today

I don't see a problem with what he is doing. I don't go on twitters site nor do I care for social networking sites but I don't think he is hurting anyone. If he doesn't mind paying the fines to have a good time then that is his choice. Don't you people have choices of your own to make? If he isn't hurting anyone then he isn't doing anything wrong? This used to be a free country where people could express themselves freely. Characters are good and Ocho Cinco is most definately a character.



Since: Jul 30, 2009
Posted on: August 24, 2010 8:05 pm
 

Ochocinco a little lighter in wallet today

So if those fines go to charity are they tax deductible?? Kind of takes the sting away even more if so! Though I do think that is the best thing to do with those fines (giving them to charity).



Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2010 3:09 pm
 

Ochocinco a little lighter in wallet today

 it would be nice that instead of being so outlandish in breaking the NFL rules (and paying the exorbitant fees that come with it) he would donate that money to somebody who really needs it.Essentially, he is.  Each player has to register a charity of their choice with the league.  The money from fines goes to that charity (at least, that's how it worked a number of years back... I haven't heard much one way or another in awhile).  Rodney Harrison (formerly of the Chargers and Patriots) used to call it a 'Charity Hit' whenever he would blow someone up out of bounds or after a whistle, and said he didn't really feel bad about getting fined because he knew it was going to a good cause.

Maybe Chad just figures he's going to donate the money anyway, so he may as well get some fun and/or attention out of it.  Although admittedly, a couple of lame twitter comments is a pretty weak way to cough up 25 grand.


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