The NFL fined Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco $20,000 for pulling out a one-dollar bill during last Sunday’s game against the Ravens, offering it to an official and later saying he was trying to “bribe” the official.
Although Ochocinco’s intentions might have been light-hearted, he was hit heavy in the wallet for violating rules that “prohibit use of abusive, threatening or insulting language or gestures toward game officials,” and possessing “extraneous objects that are not part of the uniform during the game on the field or sideline,” according to an NFL source.
Ochocinco’s use of the word “bribe” probably didn’t help his situation, since the NFL doesn’t take kindly such gestures, even jokingly, as the receiver learned.
Ray Anderson, the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations, imposed the fine on Ochocinco for violating Rule 12, Section 3, Article 1 (b), of the Playing Rules, which prohibits use of abusive, threatening or insulting language or gestures toward game officials. Ochocinco also was in violation of Rule 12, Section 3, Article 1 (f) of the Playing Rules, which prohibits possession or use of extraneous objects that are not part of the uniform during the game on the field or sideline.
In a letter to Ochocinco, Anderson said: “The very appearance of impropriety is not acceptable. Your conduct was unprofessional and unbecoming an NFL Player.”
NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora contributed to this report.