Saturday, August 30, 2008



The NFL once fined Cincinnati Bengal’s wide receiver Chad Johnson $5,000 for putting “Ocho Cinco” on the back of his jersey during pre-game warm ups. Looks like Johnson’s getting the last laugh.

According to various sources, the Chadster has legally changed his name to Chad Javon Ocho Cinco in Broward County, Fla., a switch that became official this week. Ocho Cinco, who lives in Miami, didn’t return a message left on his cell phone Friday night.

“It’s something I don’t think anyone has ever done before,” he told the team’s Web site. “Have I ever had a reason for why I do what I do? I’m having fun.”

Two years ago, Johnson gave himself the moniker—a reference in Spanish to his No. 85—and put it on the back of his uniform before a game. Quarterback Carson Palmer ripped it off before the kickoff and the NFL suits fined Mr. Cinco for his stunt. After the season, coach Marvin Lewis—who dislikes Johnson’s attention-getting stunts—referred to the receiver as “Ocho Psycho.”

Bengals spokesman Jack Brennan said the Bengals “no tenía comentario sobre la material.”

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