Ochocinco on fines: ‘I play to have fun’

Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco met with reporters in front of his locker Wednesday, one day after he was fined $30,000 by the NFL for wearing a poncho and sombrero on the sideline after scoring a touchdown.

Ochocinco answered a handful of questions about the fine, including whether it bothered him that the amount had been increased since his $20,000 fine for pulling out a one-dollar bill and offering it to an official.

“It’s OK,” he said. “They keep jacking them up, I’ll keep jacking up the celebrations.”

As you’d expect, Ochocinco was nonchalant about the fine, saying he really doesn’t care about the amount.

“I play to have fun,” Ochocinco said. “I don’t play for the dollar amount. Maybe that’s why they take so much money, because they think we play for the money. … Maybe they’ll get the point, I’m here to have fun. Not for the money.”

So, was it worth it?

“You’re damn right it was,” he told reporters.

As for Ochocinco’s plans for his next touchdown celebration, the Bengals play in Minnesota on Sunday. A reporter offered up the possibility of having Ochocinco getting his hands on the Viking horn used by team mascot Ragnar inside the Metrodome.

“Yeah, should be another fun one,” he said. “Not sure where I can find the Viking guy at. Actually, when I do hit the end zone, I’ll be sure to snatch the horn from him. I’ve heard he’s pretty chiseled. … I may have to tussle with him a little bit.”

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