I’ll definitely give you that. You’re never been one to bite your tongue. Speaking of social media, how did the whole “Who’s the biggest stunna on twitter and instagram” contest start between you and Lil Duval? That shit was hilarious.
Lil Duval said he was the most interesting person on twitter and I said ‘no, I’m the most interesting person.’ He was saying he was the most interesting because of all the places he’s been to and I was like no, I’m just a freaking weirdo in general. It had nothing to do with where I travel or where I’ve been. But he’s cool, man. I love Duval, he’s doing his thing. I’ve known him for years. He’s a good dude.
You’re a six-time Pro Bowler, a three-time All Pro, you lead the Bengals in just about every statistical a wide receiver can. Are you satisfied with your career?
No. Of course I didn’t finish the right way. It’s not the way it should have gone out. I had a great run, a great career and nobody can take that away from me. The numbers speak for themselves. I didn’t finish as strong as I should have, but I fucked up—finally. I’m not perfect and I apologized for the mistakes that I’ve made. But what I’ve always done and take pride in, is that I always represented the NFL shield the right way. I might have did it my way, but I always represented the shield the right way. I messed that up. I was hoping to get a second chance, which I haven’t gotten yet. But I would love to finish my career the right way.
You’ve created a lane for yourself outside of football by marketing yourself as Ocho Cinco. A lot of football players struggle to do the same because they don’t have...
The visibility and it’s frowned upon. It’s frowned upon to market yourself. In the NFL, individualism is frowned upon. What Richard Sherman did, people want to talk about it. Everybody in the world now knows who Richard Sherman is after 25 seconds.