Cincinatti Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco Fined For Poncho & Sombrero Celebration
Less than a month after being fined for a fake bribe to a ref, Cincinatti Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco was fined yet again this week for wearing a poncho and sombrero after scoring a touchdown this weekend.
According to the Associated Press, Ochocinco received a $30,000 fine from the NFL this week after he put on the Latin attire in celebration of a touchdown catch during the Bengals win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday (Dec. 6).
The fine has not been officially announced, but espn.com received word from an insider under the condition of anonymity.
Ochocinco responded on Tuesday (Dec. 8), via an update on his Twitter page (@OGOchoCinco): “Dear NFL League Office, Diddy (@iamdiddy) told me to be great, being great means having fun n celebrating. I’ve written a letter of apology to yall.”
Last month, he was fined $20,000 and reprimanded by the NFL for pretending to bribe an official a dollar.
While one of his catches was being reviewed during Cincinnati’s 17-7 victory over Baltimore on Nov. 8, Ochocinco held a dollar bill in his right hand at his side, but didn’t give it to the official, who motioned for him to stay away.
After the game, he said: “I was just being me… to bribe the ref and make sure he was going to give us that call. I wasn’t going to do it for real.”