Sure, it’s not the most serious news in the league right now, but when Chad Ochocinco is involved, it has our attention.
Earlier Wednesday, we heard from Ochocinco in respsonse to his $30,000 fine for donning a pancho and sombrero, when he told reporters he plays to have fun, not for money.
Later Wednesday, we learned via a conference call with Minnesota media that Ochocinco established a slush fund, of sorts, of $100,000 with which to pay for expected fines during the season. Not only does Ochocinco celebrate, he plans for it.
“I already know coming into the season,” Ochocinco explained. “Especially with me having something to prove this year after such a down year last year. One of the ways I have fun is celebration; its part of my personality.”
While Ochocinco admitted he has “no idea” how much he’s been fined during his career, the estimate of $50,000 he confirmed with reporters for this season appears a little short.
His last two fines total $50,000 alone, including the $20,000 setback for pulling out a one-dollar bill against the Ravens and offering it to an official. But Ochocinco has also been fined twice this season (one during the preseason) for uniform violations. He was docked $5,000 for having an orange chinstrap during a preseason game, and another $10,000 for a black chinstrap in Week 7 against Houston.
At $65,000, he’s closer than he realizes to his preseason set limit.
By the sound of it, he might need to raise his limit. Ochocinco also confirmed what we caught wind of and posted earlier, that his next celebration includes snatching the horn — called a gjallarhorn — from the Vikings mascot Ragnar.
“He better give it to me,” Ochocinco joked. “If he doesn’t give it to me I’m going to MMA him. … Why are you laughing? I’m serious, I’m dead serious. You know when I say something I’m serious.”