The Cincinnati Bengals receiver is
being fined $30,000 for his latest stunt — donning a poncho and
sombrero after scoring a touchdown this weekend — a person in the NFL
told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
The person spoke on condition of
anonymity because the league has not made any announcement about the
fine. The punishment was first reported by ESPN.com.
Ochocinco wore a gray poncho and
black sombrero after catching a TD pass in Cincinnati's 23-13 victory
over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
The receiver legally changed his name
last year from Chad Johnson to a loose translation in Spanish of his
uniform number, 85. "Ochocinco" literally means "eight five."
On his Twitter account, Ochocinco
posted Tuesday: "Dear NFL League Office … being great means having
fun n celebrating. I've written a letter of apology to yall."
This fine comes about a month after
Ochocinco was docked $20,000 and reprimanded by the NFL for pretending
to bribe an official with a dollar.
While one of his catches was being
reviewed during Cincinnati's 17-7 victory over Baltimore on Nov. 8,
Ochocinco held a dollar bill in his right hand at his side but didn't
give it to the official, who motioned for him to stay away.
When that fine was handed down, the
league sent Ochocinco a letter citing rules that prohibit abusive,
threatening or insulting language or gestures toward officials. That
letter also noted that players are prohibited from taking items onto
the field that are not a part of their uniform.
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