Ochocinco says he’s dependable … like birth control

Chad Ochocinco showed up at Bengals mandatory minicamp Tuesday, and almost immediately gave us something outstanding.

“I’m still hungry, and I have a love and passion for this game,” Ochocinco said. “Nothing has changed. I just need everyone to trust in me, like birth control. You know, because I’m always going to be there for you 99.9 percent of the time.”

You can’t make that up. He’s right, too, it doesn’t seem like much has changed.

Ochocinco discussed some things other than birth control — which you can read about in Geoff Hobson’s practice report — some of which was even about football. Ochocinco defended his offseason preparation (he will be boxing again) and responded to last week’s comments from QB Carson Palmer, who made some headlines when he called out Ochocinco by saying it was difficult to run the offense during voluntary practices without his No. 1 receiver.

Ochocinco isn’t bothered by Palmer’s comments, because he says they’re accurate.

“I didn’t have to talk to Carson, because what Carson said was nothing negative,” Ochocinco said. “He just wanted me here. That’s all. And he didn’t say it in a bad way. Because I haven’t been here the past four years, so this year was no different. Carson and I are on a great page, and the numbers show, year after year when I’m with him, whether I’m here [during the offseason] or not, we still get the job done when it counts — during the regular season.”

Bengals.com has video of Ochocinco’s session with reporters here.

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