Chad Ochocinco (nee Johnson) is relevant again these days, so you had to figure the NFL wasn’t going to stand for any of his fun and games. The Bengals wide receiver, in the midst of a career-reviving season, was slapped with a $20,000 fine today for playfully bribing a ref with a $1 bill on Sunday during a reviewed play.
This doesn’t come as much of a surprise, given the long list of stands the league took against Ochocinco back when he was tearing up the league. I get the feeling he doesn’t mind stomaching this one though, since he’s probably loving the attention of his turnaround year. The Bengals are 6-2 and tied with the Steelers, who they face in Pittsburgh this weekend, atop the AFC North. That, after falling to the Broncos in the opener on Brandon Stokley’s immaculate reception. Man, I remember everyone (including myself) thinking that was a matchup of two of the worst-assembled NFL teams in years.
Ochocinco and the Bengals have a handful of impressive wins, including a pair against Baltimore and one at home against the Steelers in Week 3. After Sunday, they get three laughers in a row — a road date in Oakland and a pair at home against Cleveland and Detroit.