Chad Ochocinco Fined $25K for Tweeting During Preseason Game


August 24, 2010

A lot of organizations have cited Twitter as a problem in the workplace, as their employees focus too much on their social media updates rather than the task at hand. You would think, however, if your job was to play football one day a week, there wouldn?t be an issue during the five-hour span that a game commands. Enter Chad Ochocinco.

Ochocinco, a Twitter fanatic, received his first NFL fine of the season on Tuesday for tweeting during the Bengals preseason game against the Eagles on Aug. 20, reports. According to league rules, players are not allowed to post messages on their social media sites starting 90 minutes before kickoff until their postgame media obligations are fulfilled.

That?s not so hard, is it?

Apparently, for Ochocinco it is. The wide receiver tweeted twice during that span, posting one message at 6:50 p.m., and another at 9:53 p.m. The game kicked off at 8:07 p.m. The second tweet was a complaint about a big hit 

"Man Im sick of getting hit like that , its the damn preseason [expletive]! 1day I'm gone jump up and start throwing hay makers , #Tylenolplease," the tweet read.

The league fined Ochocinco $25,000 for both tweets, and he responded with an apology to the NFL through his favorite method of communication ? his Twitter page. But leave it to Ochocinco to find some way to involve himself in the post.

"I've been fined by the league a substantial amount of money for tweeting, 1st time twitter hasn't made me money but cost me money," he wrote. "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.?

Poor Ochocinco, maybe he should have thought about the world?s most expensive car (Bugatti?s sell for approximately $1.7 million) sitting in his driveway before tweeting on the sidelines. 

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