Tag:Chad Ochocinco
Posted on: September 2, 2010 12:25 pm
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Reebok never had a deal with Brandon Spikes

Posted by Will Brinson

Poor Brandon Spikes. News surrounding his "sex tape" just won't go away.

First he had to admit it was actually him (although it was in college, which makes it more understandable, maybe?), then there was the (now fake) news that Reebok yanked away a potential endorsement deal as a result , and now it turns out that, via Darren Rovell, there never was a deal . Rovell tweets that "there never was a $ deal w/ Brandon Spikes."

Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald has more information, including an email response to him from Reebok spokesman Daniel Sarro.

“The media reports that Reebok has terminated an endorsement contract with Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes are completely false,” Sarro wrote to Rapoport. “Reebok never had a deal with Brandon. The story was reported without confirmation from Reebok, and as a result inaccurate information is now being reported as fact. We had discussions with Brandon earlier this summer, as we do with many NFL players, but no agreement has been reached and he is not currently under contract with Reebok.”

So, yeah, that's unfortunate for everyone involved -- particularly Reebok, since they had to go through the whole process of denying the issue, and Spikes, since it means another day where people are continuing to talk about a pretty embarrassing moment of his.

Rapoport does make a good point, though -- all along it was called a "potential deal." And Reebok isn't denying that, just that there was never actually a deal in place. Either way, it doesn't seem like they'll be doing business together, which is kind of a shame, considering they are the company that ran with ads featuring Chuck Liddell and Chad Ochocinco exercising naked.

Just seems like too much readily available synergy not to take advantage of on their part.

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Posted on: August 29, 2010 1:17 pm
Edited on: August 29, 2010 2:04 pm
 

Antonio Bryant released by Bengals, Coles by Jets

Posted by Will Brinson

The Bengals somehow found themselves overstocked at the previously thin wideout position, and many wondered if they regretted signing Antonio Bryant as a free agent in the offseason. The answer appears to be "yes," because the team announced today that they have released Bryant, a move that has been anticipated for a few days .

That's according to the official Bengals' Twitter feed, where they announced that "Antonio Bryant released along with Mike Windt."

The Maxwell adage about being "big enough to admit mistakes, smart enough to profit from them and strong enough to correct them" has never been so true -- the Bengals overpaid for Bryant (when they could have just signed eventual Bengal Terrell Owens in the first place) and once they got Owens and rookie Jordan Shipley on board, realized they didn't need him.

With his health issues clearly too much for him to overcome in order to get on the football field, they apparently decided the best move was simply to cut him and move on.

Bryant will go down as one of the worst Bengals' personnel decisions in a few years (which is almost epically impressive), because, even provided that they reach some sort of settlement with him, he never saw the field for Cincy. And while Andre Smith -- to name another recent blunder -- is a jiggling pile of draft day embarrassment, at least he wasn't the equivalent of flushing several million dollars down the toilet, like Bryant.Upd

Update (1:45) : I somehow forgot to mention that Laveranues Coles was cut by the Jets. Which means it's gotta be a fun day to say "I make front office decisions for Cincinnati."

Update (2:00) : Joe Reedy reports that LaMont Smith, Bryant's agent, intends to pursue Bryant's base salary of $1.55 million for this year, saying, "Our opposition is you can’t cut a guy if he’s hurt. We know what the rules are. We expect to be paid his salary for the year."

So that should be a very cordial discussion and an easy million and a half to get from the Bengals.

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Posted on: August 28, 2010 1:14 pm
Edited on: August 28, 2010 1:36 pm
 

NFL comic counterpoint: Florence as 'Mr. Freeze'

Posted by Will Brinson

Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco have been parading around town, when Ochocinco isn't getting booted from Apple stores for Ustreaming, using the phrase "Batman and Robin" just enough to make sure that we all know that Ocho isn't threatened by Owens' usurping his role as "loud-mouthed wideout who craves attention."

But lest you think the nicknaming will end there, well, it won't -- Drayton Florence, Buffalo cornerback, dubbed himself "Mr. Freeze" in anticipation of tonight's preseason game against the Bengals.

"We don't want to go out there and just see how we match up. We want to dominate," safety Donte Whitner said. "We're not trying to play around. We want to go out there and try to solidify ourselves as one of the top secondaries in the league."

That's pretty awesome -- I don't care what Roger Goodell and the rest of the people in the NFL office think (I mean, I do care , just that I prefer my opinion in this particular case), it's fun as hell to see teams do funny stuff like this in anticipation of certain matchups. The very reason I love Ochocinco is that he sent the Browns' cornerbacks Maalox a few years back ... even if he didn't own up and change his name back when Darrelle Revis dominated him.

Chan Gailey, for his part, doesn't really care for nicknames .

“Obviously they’re both good players,” he said. ”I didn’t know we had nicknames for them. Whatever. Good for them I guess. It doesn’t matter. They’re like everybody else, you’ve got to produce on game day.”

With the Patriots, Ravens, Panthers and Browns coming up on the schedule, if anyone wants to avoid getting stuck with "The Penguin," they better start hustling to claim the various monikers of the Dark Knight's nemeses.

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Posted on: August 25, 2010 10:49 pm
Edited on: August 25, 2010 10:50 pm
 

OchocincO's: the NFL's most exciting cereal?

Posted by Will Brinson

So, we're way late on this, but it doesn't make it any less awesome: Chad Ochocinco has his own cereal.

Just as Terrell Owens had his "TO's" through PLB Sports, now too does Esteban have OchocincO's .

“Chad is a great personality, and with his involvement in social media and his interaction with the fans, he was an athlete that we were very excited to work with,” said PLB Sports President Ty Ballou. “One way or another, America has learned and is continuing to learn more about Chad Ochocinco off the field, and they’re finding out how great he is. Who wouldn’t want to share a breakfast table with him?”

I, for one, would prefer to share dinner -- Ochocinco tweeted about some seriously delicious, Southern-style greens and chicken he was grubbing on Wednesday night, and I almost cooked up the same thing, except mom brought leftover meatloaf downstairs, and I wasn't hungry anymore.

Look, a lot of people are "over" Ochocinco, and that's fine (it's mostly football fans -- my girlfriend literally cannot watch "Ultimate Catch" enough; it's ironically depressing). But PLB Sports is smart when it comes down to creating athlete-related cereal.

They're the one's behind not only TO's breakfast munchies, but "Flutie Flakes" and "Kurt Warner's Crunch Time Cereal," which, according to CNBC's Darren Rovell , is the top-selling PLB brand, having sold over 300,000 boxes back when people cared about the Rams.


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Posted on: August 24, 2010 2:38 pm
Edited on: August 24, 2010 5:30 pm
 

Ochocinco a little lighter in wallet today

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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Posted on: August 22, 2010 3:43 pm
 

Ochocinco exposes potential flaw

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It started as a seemingly innocuous picture snapped by Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco of his locker. But since then, as dope testing experts have inspected the photograph, the quality of the NFL’s drug testing system has been called into question.

Here’s the photo that appeared on his Twitter feed . With a caption that reads, “Ok, why does the NFL continue to test me, all I do is piss excellence for them each time, I love these random steroid drug test,” the photo shows a typed note informing Ochocinco that he has been randomly selected to be drug tested.

To my untrained eye, nothing about the note seemed unusual. But I’m also not an expert at such matters. The New York Times found some experts to comment, and it appears that there’s a big flaw.

From the story:

The experts said such notes gave players notice of tests, removing the element of surprise, an essential part of drug testing. Players can avoid testing positive, the experts said, because they have time to dilute their urine, use a masking agent or attach a device to produce someone else’s urine.

“I cannot believe at this day and time, and after all the attention that drug testing has received, that they are doing this,” said Dr. Gary Wadler, an official of the World Anti-Doping Agency, which oversees the testing of Olympic athletes. “I just don’t believe it — it jeopardizes everything drug testing stands for.”

N.F.L. officials acknowledged on Friday that the note was authentic and said the league did not have a uniform policy for asking players to produce urine samples. The officials said that they left it up to the drug testing company they hired to collect the sample to determine how the players should be notified.


In baseball, if a player can’t produce the urine specimen, a chaperone follows him around until he can. That’s not the case in the NFL. Which could be a big problem.

“There are 53 guys on a team and we have 32 teams; that is a tremendous volume,” Adolpho Birch, the N.F.L.’s top drug testing official, told the Times. “You cannot have chaperons for every player. We have had numerous discussions and reviewed our program in detail and are comfortable with our protocols, and we do not see this as an issue.”

Many more interesting tidbits in the story. If you have a few minutes, take a look.

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Posted on: August 20, 2010 11:01 pm
 

Ochocinco is about to get fined

Posted by Andy Benoit

It’s only the preseason, but Chad Ochocinco is in mid-October form. The flamboyant wide receiver will surely be fined by the NFL for Tweeting during the third quarter of the Bengals-Eagles preseason game Friday night.

Ochocinco took a thundering hit in the second quarter. He staggered off the field but returned for the next series.
At 9:53 ET, Ochocinco sent out this tweet :

"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."

Last year, the NFL made it clear that the use of social media is prohibited during games.

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Posted on: August 17, 2010 8:39 am
Edited on: August 17, 2010 8:41 am
 

Could the Bengals be bailing on Antonio Bryant?

Posted by Will Brinson

That notion seems silly. After all, the Bengals JUST signed Antonio Bryant, the former Buccaneer who was their prized free agent addition on the offensive end, at least until the team landed Terrell Owens anyway.

But Bryant has yet to even start running for the Bengals -- Owens is already cheaper and actually on the field participating in football. Which may be why Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network has heard that it's a "distinct possibility" that Cincinnati will attempt to cut Bryant loose and reach a settlement on the four-year, $28 million contract that they gave him over the offseason.

Remember, Bryant's dealing with a left knee injury that's been an issue for about a full year now -- which makes one wonder how exactly he managed to bypass any examinations offered by the Bengals' medical staff. You know, the ones they usually administer before handing out multi-million dollar contracts?

Provided that the Bengals DID want to cut Bryant loose, they'd probably have to pay him on the high side of the $10 million that they guaranteed him with the contract; after all, even though they didn't completely overload his contract with guarantees and they could just cut him, it's going to take at least close to that amount for Bryant to walk away from a pretty sweet deal.

Given that Cincy has TO (and Jermaine Gresham and Jordan Shipley and Andre Caldwell) in the fold with Chad Ochocinco though, it wouldn't be that surprising if they decided they no longer needed to deal with the headache that Bryant's been thus far and tried to negotiate some sort of deal with the wideout.

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