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Mason fined $20K for Ocho hit, Ocho to reimburse?

Posted on: August 24, 2011 6:03 pm
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Posted by Will Brinson

When we last left entertaining and enigmatic Pats wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, he was offering to pay for the likely fine coming Mason Foster's way after Foster kindly put his helmet to Chad's helmet in the field of play and knocked the snot out of ole' 85.

Well, Foster was indeed fined on Wednesday, to the tune of $20,000. That's a chunk of change to anyone, of course, but especially to a rookie. Foster's agent, Steve Caric, said the linebacker planned to appeal the fine. Foster seemed OK with it.

"Just got to pay it and keep on going from there," Foster said, per Joe Smith of the St. Petersburg Times. "Learn from it."

However, Ochocinco's not dropping the issue quite as easily. Despite the league forbidding him to repay Foster's fine, Ochocinco told Roger Goodell (via Twitter, natch) on Wednesday that he was reimbursing Mason anyway.

"@nflcommish Dad no disrespect but I don't agree with @mason_foster fine n I'll be reimbursing him personally. Please feel free to contact me," Ochocinco tweeted.

It'll be interesting to see whether the league attempts to fine Chad for openly flaunting the rules, or whether Chad makes a big deal out of paying Foster back or whether he just sends Foster 20,000 Xbox points online in order circumvent the law.

Of course, there's always a chance that @nflcommish (aka Roger Goodell) gets a lot of "@ replies" on Twitter and he won't see what Ochocinco said. Except that it was immediately retweeted by James Harrison.

And you know Goodell's watching his feed.

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Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: August 26, 2011 9:32 am
 

Mason fined $20K for Ocho hit, Ocho to reimburse?

This is @freakinghilarious. I was howling when I saw Ocho call the commish "dad". And the fact that it is a twitter battle makes it even funnier. I can imagine Goodell, Ocho, and Foster all hunched over their mobile's furiously thumbing away:
@ocho: Dad, just sent the $20k, haha
@commish: You did not!
@foster: He did! Sweet! New jet ski for me. Thx!
@ocho:  yw
@commish: Give it back!
@foster: no
@commish: Chad, you're getting a spanking
@ocho: bare bottom please
@foster: If I hit more guys maybe I can get a Bentley...
@ocho: just borrow dad's, i do

Etc etc.




Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 11:15 pm
 

Mason fined $20K for Ocho hit, Ocho to reimburse?

I'm not a big Ocho fan - he's over-rated and an attention seeker. Like with this. But I got to tell you that I laughed out loud at him calling Goodell "Dad".

Perfect. Absolutely perfect.



Since: Jun 17, 2007
Posted on: August 25, 2011 8:02 pm
 

Mason fined $20K for Ocho hit, Ocho to reimburse?

  • I don't understand the Ochocinco hate.  I'm not a Bengals fan or a Patriots fan, I'm a Colts fan.  And, while I'm not sure Ochocinco fits on the Colts (and pretty sure he wouldn't), I don't hate the guy, I enjoy watching him play and enjoy his antics.
  • Honestly, he does some really great stuff for the fans. He buys out theaters for fans, buys out restaurants, and pays the fine for a rookie hitting him.  What's to hate?  His sideline antics are entertaining and isn't that primarily what football is for to us non-professional athletes?
  • I enjoy watching the Xs and O's, I enjoy watching Peyton and other QBs dissect defenses, I enjoy big hits, and I enjoy celebrations!  It's all fun and entertaining.  Hence, I don't get the hate for Ochocinco that you see so often.  Maybe guys get jealous he's getting more attention than they are...  just sayin'...  don't hate the player or the game!  Keep it cool, peeps!  Cool



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 3:39 pm
 

Mason fined $20K for Ocho hit, Ocho to reimburse?

how long before BB put a stop to this?



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 3:33 pm
 

Mason fined $20K for Ocho hit, Ocho to reimburse?

If he receives the funds as a gift, don't think he will have to pay taxes on that.  Any one individual can give $13k or $26k jointly to anyone without having to pay gift taxes.  Over those amounts the donor will have to pay a gift tax.  The receiver of the gift doesn't have to pay income tax on those funds

Not necessarly, there is no absolutes in tax law.  The IRS could argue that there was no gifting relationship and that it was a business deal.  There is a case, the name of which currently excapes me, inwhich a salesman for (I beleive) an oat company paid off the debts of his former company.  The parties both agreed the payments were gifts but the IRS said there was no gifting relationship and that the only reason the salesman paid the debt was for future business considerations.  Maybe Chad pays the money so the guy takes it easy on him next time or for self-promotion reasons.  I agree with you that it's a gift but the IRS may not.



Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: August 25, 2011 1:57 pm
 

Mason fined $20K for Ocho hit, Ocho to reimburse?

The NFL is becoming the Soft F L......nice move Ocho play football the way it is surpose 2 play...2 many soft rules...go back 2 the Jack tatum,Dick Butkus and others that was REAL




Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: August 25, 2011 11:17 am
 

Mason fined $20K for Ocho hit, Ocho to reimburse?

If he receives the funds as a gift, don't think he will have to pay taxes on that.  Any one individual can give $13k or $26k jointly to anyone without having to pay gift taxes.  Over those amounts the donor will have to pay a gift tax.  The receiver of the gift doesn't have to pay income tax on those funds. 


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