Chad Ochocinco predictably was swarmed by reporters Thursday — but atypically had nothing to say — after his tweet about the Patriots’ aerial show against the Dolphins ignited a firestorm.
“Chad Ochocinco walks in the locker room, senses reporters closing in on him, turns and says ‘yall know I’m not talking’ (with a smile),” tweeted Shalise Manza Young of The Boston Globe.
But Ochocinco ended his two-day Twitter silence less than an hour later, wishing well to his more than 2.7 million followers: “Just checking everyones pulse,yall good?I’m sure you guys are fine,i love you and i mean that in every sense of that 4 letter word #1LUV.”
After having only one reception Monday night at Miami, the only thing Ochocinco seems to be catching these days is heat. He was portrayed by former Patriots LB Tedy Bruschi on Tuesday as “a fan” who has failed to do the requisite work to learn the team’s offense. Ex-Patriots safety Rodney Harrison later said Wednesday on “NFL Total Access” that he supported Bruschi’s take.
What counts is the support of Ochocinco’s current teammates, and he appears to have the backing of Tom Brady, even though the coaches reportedly “have turned up the heat” on the receiver to learn the offense.
“Everyone has an opinion on everything, and none of it really means anything,” Brady told the Boston Herald. “The only thing that means anything are the guys in this locker room and what we do every day in practice.”
The Patriots, as always, refuse to be distracted. But don’t fret. If Ochocinco tweets again — even if he breathes — we’ll keep you posted.
– Marc Sessler