Ochocinco wants respect after being called ‘mopey’

These are some contentious times in Cincinnati.

Already without Terrell Owens for the rest of the season, it’s looking likely the Bengals won’t have the currently hobbled Chad Ochocinco on a full-time basis in the home finale. But when San Diego Union-Tribune reporter Chris Jenkins asked head coach Marvin Lewis how The Ocho was doing with his injury, his response was poignant.

“Well, he’s being his mopey self,” Lewis said. “Hopefully, he can pull himself out of it and move forward … When things don’t go Chad’s way, that’s kinda how it happens.”

When asked how he deals with it, Lewis said, “I don’t deal with it. We just move on. We’ll put a new guy in there. If he’s not ready to go Sunday, we’ll have somebody in there ready to go and go from there.”

Naturally, it was only a matter of time before Ochocinco responded via Twitter.

“This is how they treat you when you hurt, the things you don’t get to see as fans,” Ochocinco said. “Since when am I ever mopey? I’m injured for the 1st time in 9 years and it’s called being mopey, unless I’m dead then I get respect.”

About an hour later, The Ocho added, “Did anyone get the license plate to the bus I was just threw under.”

Considering Lewis’ lame duck status and the questions surrounding Ochocinco’s return — the Bengals hold a $6 million option for next season — maybe it was only a matter of time. Should be an interesting final two weeks.

And none of this even has anything to do with T.O.

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